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Volume 12 

A Guide to Braille end Talking Book Publications 

January, 1943 

Number 1 

Published Monthly, Except September, in Braille and in Mimeographed Form 

by the 
American Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 
15 West 16 Street 
New York City 


Braille Edition Provided by the U. S. Government 
Through the Library of Congress 
Printed at the American Printing House for the Blind 
1839 Frankfort Avenue 
Louisville, Kentucky 

Address all communications to the editor, Lucy A. Goldthwaite 
American Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 
15 West 16 Street 
New York City 






Book Announcements 

Press-made Braille Books 

Talking Books 

Hand-copied books 
Howard Fast. From the Wilson Bulletin. February, 1942 
Alexander Woollcott. From the New York Times, 

January 24, 1943 
Books on Psychology 

List of Libraries giving Territory of Each. 
List of Other Abbreviations Used in This Magazine 

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Book Announcements 
Press-made Braille Books 


All press-made books here noted are provided by the Federal Government. Copies of these 
government-supplied books are placed in the twenty-seven regional libraries which serve 
the blind. A list of these libraries appears regularly in the January end June numbers 
of this magazine. 

Readers are required to borrow books from the library designated by the Library of Con- 
gress to serve their respective territories. 

In the lists which follow the first book notation in every instance should be credited 
to the Book Review Digest unless another source is given. 

Bailey, Temple. The pink camellia. 2v 1942 APH 

Love story of a beautiful girl from Arizona and the son of her employer, the 
last named a wealthy Eastern woman. 

Blake, William. Poems of William Blake; edited by William Butler Yeats. 3v APH 
"His poetry deals in the subtlest kind of symbolism with a skill that cannot 
be matched. His philosophy is a series of intuitive flights into the reelm of 
the Absolute, soaring with tranquil and imperious assurance; to our minds they 
are presented as a group of strange, complicated symbols, which to Blake ere 
the clearest, the most familiar realities." 

Boucher, Anthony. The case of the seven sneezes. 3v 1942 CPH 
Detective story. 

De Roussy de Sales, Raoul Jean. The making of tomorrow. 3v RMP 1942 

A French journalist, long a resident of the United States, surveys the causes 
of the present world conflict, considers what part the United States clays in it 
and what may be accomplished in the future for democracy. 

Diamant, Gertrude, The days of Ofelia. 2v 1942 CPH 

"Ofelia Escoto, her 10-year-old maid, was the opening wedge of the author's 
interest in the lives of the ordinary people of Mexico, where she had come 
to make intelligence tests of the Otomi Indians. Gives an excellent and 
readable interpretation of Mexican life and the problem of the leaders who 
say 'from this we must forge a nation.'" Wisconsin Library Bulletin 

Frank, Bruno. A man called Cervantes; translated by H. T. Lowe-Porter. 3v 1935 BIA 
"Although this story of the creator of Don Quixote is necessarily more fiction 
than biography, it is in accord with the known facts of Cervantes' life, and is 
probable and consistent in its picture of the Spain that Cervantes knew. Some 
passages will offend conservative readers." Standard Catalog 

Godden, Rumer. Breakfast with Nikolides. 2v 1942 APH 

That morning that twelve-year old Emily end her sister Binrie went to the 
Nikolides for breakfast, marked the turning point in Emily's life, the passing 
from childhood to maturity. Not because of the breakfast, but because during 
her absence, Emily's mother, suspicious of rabies, has the little dog, Don, 
killed by the vet. What led up to that act of treachery and what followed it, 
are told in this novel by the author of Black Narcissus. The scene of the story 
is India, the time 1940. 

"I didn't understand why it was written, unless as a way of preserving some 
uncommonly sharp, uncannily physical description of the sights and sounds and 
smells of provincial India." Robert Littell 





Goudge, Elizabeth. The castle on the hill. 4v 1941 .nPH 

England in 1940 is the scene of this story of en oddly assorted set of 
characters, brought together in a castle in the southwest for a brief period, 
before the war changed everything again. Charles Birley, elderly writer of 
history living at the castle, his ancestral home; Miss Brown, middle-aged 
spinster trying to forget the wreck of her own home by acting as housekeeper 
at the castle; the two young Birleys — Richard, the aviator, and Stephen, the 
pacifist; Jo Isaacson, musician turned street player; and the two little 
evacuees from London, are the chief actors. 

Macardle, Dorothy. The uninvited. 4v 1942 APH 

A beautiful old English house, situated on the I'evon cliffs, is reputed to 
be haunted. Roderick Fitzgerald, a London journalist, and his sister, buy 
the house, and convert it into a thing of beauty. Almost immediately psychic 
manifestations occur which grow stronger after everi'. visit of the lovely 
Stella, who was born in the house, and whose mother died there. Roderick's 
growing love for Stella nerves him to a terrible ordeal, and the heuntings 
cease . 

Maclnnes, Helen. Assignment in Brittany. 4v 1942 CPH 

The time is the summer of 1940. Martin Hearne, a British secret service man, 
resembles Bertrand Corlay, a "Frenchman picked up at Dunkirk, so strongly that 
he is trained to take Corlay's place at his heme in Brittany. There were a 
few important things Corlay had omitted to tell Hearne--that he was a Nazi 
organizer wa~s one of them; and about his friendship with the blonde Elise wes 
another. In his attempts to gather information for the English, Hearne was 
captured by the Nazis, endured torture, escaped along the secret passage under 
Mont St. Michel, and was rescued during a commando raid. 

Ohnstad, Karsten. The world at my finger tips. 4v 1942 APH 

The author was afflicted with blindness during his last year in high school. 

His book tells the story of the months of waiting for cure or the end of 

sight, and of the dozen years which followed when he had to struggle to re-adjust 

his life, and finish his education in spite of his handicap. One section is 

devoted to an account of his experience with a Seeing Eye Dog. 

Smith, Nicol. Black Martinique-Red Guiana. 3v 1942 CPH 

An anecdotal account of the author's visit to Martinque and French Guiana 
in the spring of 1941. 

Mr. Smith has an easy, colorful style and the light touch comes naturally 
to him. His book on two of the most interesting of French colonies is, 8s 
a result, extremely good reading... The picture of Martinique and Guiana is 
far from complete. But the author's approach makes this seem unimportant. 
The whole is divined from the parts which he adroitly displays to us. 

Spykman, Nicholas John. America's strategy in world politics: the United States 
and the balance of power. 6v 1942 BIA 

This book by a native of the Netherlands, now at Yale, may be regarded as 
the first fruit of the crop of current war propaganda books emanating from 
our universities. The professor gives a survey of America's place in the sun 
from every angle; geographic, political, commercial (capitalistic) and 
diplomatic, with emphasis on trede and a margin of profits. For that matter 
he touches about every phase of our ideals save that of our revolutionary 
origin and principle of political liberty. 

Stern, Philip Van Doren, editor. The midnight reader; great stories of haunting 
and horror. 5v 1942 APH 

Contents: The beckoning fair one, by Oliver Onions; The mezzotint, by M.R. 
James; Tarnhelm, by Sir Hugh Walpole; The willows, by Algernon Blackwood; 
August heat, by W.F. Harvey; The mark of the beast, by Rudyard Kioling; 
Couching at the door, by D.K. Brosten The familiar, by Sheridan Le Fanu; 
The upper berth, by F.M. Crawford; The tell-tale heart, by E.A. Foe; The 
yellow wall paper, by C.P. Gilman; Afterward, by Edith Wharton; Full fathom 
five, by Alexander Woollcott; The Millvale apparition, by Louis Adamic; The 
turn of the screw, by Henry James. 

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Tennyson, Alfred. In memoriam. 2v NIB 

"On the death of Wordsworth in 1850, the poet laureateship was offered to 
Samuel Rogers, author of "The Pleasures of Memory," but Rogers, being 87 years 
old, declined it on the ground of age. The post was then offered to Tennyson, 
because of the Prince Consort's admiration for "in Memoriam." This poem, 
written at intervals since 1833, had been published enonymously that very year, 
but its authorship was at once recognized. It is a lament for Arthur Hallam, 
an old college friend who was engaged to be married to Mery Tennyson, the 
poet's sister." 

White, W.L. They were expendable. 1942 lv APH 

The story of the part played by MTB Squadron 3 in the Philippine campaign, 
as told to the author by four of its young officers: Bulkeley, Kelly, Akers, 
and Cox. These men were responsible for transporting General MacArthur safely 
to Australia. This and their many other exploits from the time when the first 
Japanese planes came over Manila Bay until the end of their brave little flotilla, 
has as its background "the whole tragic panorama of the Philippine csmpaign-- 
America's little Dunkirk." 

White, E. B. One man's meat. 3v 1938-42 BIA 

"It is important to point out that these little essays are not stray pieces 
that seem, as so many essays do, warmed over, when they are served in a book. 
They are extraordinarily fresh and permanent pieces, and they turn out to be 
pieces of a whole, a book whose unity lies not in the fact that the pages are 
held together in one binding, but that they reveal facts of one man's spirit." 

Wilson, Charles Morrow. Ambassadors in white; the story of American tropical 
medicine. 4v 1942 CPH 

"Authors of several books on the Americas presents we 11 -documented report on 
Latin America's situation regarding health and prospects for future improvement, 
especially in the light of the coming importance of Central and South America 
as world purveyors of rubber, quinine, foodstuffs, and countless other necessities 
of life. Biographical chapters on such eminent sanitarians as Carlos Finlay, 
Walter Reed, William Gorgas, William Decks, and Hideyo Noguchi. Reports on 
yellow fever, malaria, and other scourges." Library Journal 

Talking Books 
(These books are provided by the U.S. Government) 

Bliven, Bruce. Men who make the future. Read by George Walsh. 16r 1942 APH 

The recent advance of science through research and exoeriment in many fields 
is summarized for the layman. Parts have apoeared in Reader's Digest and 
New Republic, partial contents: Genius: its cause and care; Exit, the 
common cold; Remaking the world of olants; In the depths of the sky; Scientists 
in uniform; The unsolved mysteries; Science and civilization. 
Knight, Eric. The flying Yorkshireman. Read by the author. 4r 1938 Snow in 
, in summer by Helen Hull, from The flying Yorkshireman. Read by Lauren Gilbert. 
5r The song the summer evening sings, by I. J. Kapstein, from The flying 
Yorkshireman. Read by Sydney Walton. 4r 1938 AFB 

"Here are three unusual pieces of fiction. Each is a brilliant example of an 
art form that has become increasingly significant development in American 
literature, for here the unity of effect and mood of the short story are combined 
with the depth and leisurely treatment of a full length novel. The title story, 
The Flying Yorkshireman, is an uproarious fantasy of Mr. Samuel Small who found 
he could fly by willing it. Snow in Summer is a mellow, human tale of a young 
mother whose quiet family life was suddenly shattered by literary fame. The 
Song the Summer Evening Sings is a nostalgic story of a small town childhood." 
Talking Book Topics 





Leech, Margaret. Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865. 2 pts 41r 1941 Read by 
Hugh Sutton APH 

Picture of life in the city of Washington during the Civil War years — 
facts about people who lived there; the places; events; entertaining; 
Southern women prisoners; the streets; saloons; government offices; prisons; 
and hospitals. It contains an understanding portrait of the president; an 
unvarnished one of Mrs. Lincoln; describes the elegant Southern widow, Mrs. 
Greenhow, who was implicated in the defeat at the first battle of Bull Run; 
and Allan Pinkerton, forming his detective agency. Clara Barton, Andrew 
Carnegie, Walt Whitman, Louisa M. Alcott, and many others appear. 

Masefield, John. Dead Ned. 16r 1928 Read by Livingston Gilbert APH 

"A yarn of the eighteenth century, with the young doctor-hero accused of the 
murder of his sea-captain benefactor, hanged at Newgate, resurrected from the 
dead by two doctors, and sent on his way on a slave-trader bound for Africa*" 
New Republic 


Hand-copied Books 

(A partial list of recent additions. Our information is not complete in regard to 
the location of hand-copied books. Unless otherwise noted, these books are in 
grade Lgr) 


Andrews, M. R. S. The white satin dress. lv Austin, Cleveland 
Arliss, George. My ten years in the studios. 5v Grade 2 LC 
Asch, Sholom. Sabbatai Zevi. lv JLB 

This play is a dramatic presentation of the most famous of the self-styled 

Messiahs of Jewish history. 
Ashton, Helen, pseudonym. Bricks and mortar. 6v Cleveland. Fiction 
Baldwin, Faith. Husbands are precious. 2v Detroit Fiction 
Baum, Vicki. The ship and the shore. 5v Cincinnati. Fiction 

Beck, Herbert M. How to become an American citizen; laws of naturalization. 2v LC 
Blessing and praise. 2v JLB 

A book of meditation and prayer for individual and home devotion, prepared 

by The Central Conference of American Rabbis. 
Bristow, Gwen. The handsome road. 7v Cleveland, N.Y. Guild, Sacremento Fiction 
Buttenwieser, Moses. The faith and message of the prophets. lv JLB 

A short presentation of the role in the spiritual leadership of the Jewish 

people played by the prophets of Israel. 
Chase, A. M. Murder of a missing man. 3v Indianapolis Fiction 
Citron, S. I. NewMarranos. lv JLB 

The "marranos" were Jews in inquisition-ridden Spain and Portugal who were 

nominally converted to Christianity but practiced Judaism in secret. 
Cobb, Irvin S. Back home; being the narrative of Judge Priest. 6v Sacramento Fiction 
Draper, Muriel. Music at midnight. 5v Seattle 
/Davis, Mary Lee. Uncle Sam's attic; the intimate story of Alaska. 8v Chicago, 

Ford, Paul L. Wanted-a chaperon. lv St. Louis Fiction 
Frank, Ulrich. Simon Eichelkatz. The patriarch. 4v JLB 

Two stories of Jewish life in Germany. 
Franck, H. A. The lure of Alaska. 6v Cleveland 

Franck, R. L. I married a vagabond. 4v Chicago, Cleveland, NLB Travel 
Frary, I* T» Ohio in homespun and calico. 2v Cleveland History 
Freehof, S. B. and others. Five short stories. lv JLB 
Gamoran, Emanuel, and Friedland, A.J. The play way to Hebrew. 2v JLB 
Gellhorn, Martha. A stricken field. 5v LC Fiction 

Glasscock, C. B. A golden highway; scenes of history's greatest gold rush, 
yesterday and today. 7v Sacramento 






Green vegetables in low cost meals, prepared by Bureau of Home Economics, U. S. 

Department of Agriculture, lv LC 
Grey, Zane . Roping lions in the grand canyon. 2v Clevland 
Hale, L. P. The petorkin papers. 3v Cleveland, NUB 

Halliburton, Richard. Second book of marvels: the orient. 4v Cincinnati, LC 
Hudson, Alec, pseudonym. Enemy sighted, lv NYPL 

A novel of modern naval warfare. 
Kelland, Clarence B. Silver spoon. 4v Detroit Fiction 
Klein, A. M. Hath not a Jew 2v JLB 

This book is a collection of short poems on exclusively Jewish themes. 
Knox, Rose B. Cousin's luck in the Louisiana Bayou Country. 1940 3v NYPL 
Lehmann, Lotte. Midway in my song; an autobiography. 4v NYPL 

The author, who made her debut on the Metropolitan opera stage in 1934, 

describes in her autobiography the Door, but hap->y home of her childhood, 

her early struggles and her success as an opera singer in Europe and America. 
^j Lincoln, Josaph C. Cap'n Eri . 5v NLB 

Lockridge, Richard. Mr. amd Mrs. North. 3v LC, Sacramento, Fiction 
ju Mann, Erika. School for barbarians. 3v JLB 
^^ Erika Mann, daughter of the distinguished novelist castigates the Nazi movement 

for its destruction of traditional German culture, its persecution of the Jews 

and its subjugation of every individual to the military machine. 
McBrido, Mary. America for me. 2v Cleveland 
Morgan, Charles. The empty room. 2v Cleveland Fiction 
Nichols, Anne. Abie's Irish Rose. 2v JLB 

A comedy in three acts which needs no introduction. 
Norris, C. G. Bricks without straw. 8v Cleveland, St. Louis Fiotion 
Odium, Hortense. A woman's place. 4v Cleveland 
Ogden, C.K. and I. A. Richards. The meaning of meaning. LC 
Potter, C. F. Technique of happiness. 2v LC Ethics 
Ross, L. Q, The strangest places. 3v JLB 

A collection of humorous short stories by the author of "The Education of 
,CP\ Human Kaplan." 

Rothery, Agnes. South American roundabout. 3v LC 
% Ruthledge, Archibald. It will be daybreak soon, lv LC 
Schauss, Hayyim. The Jewish festivals. 4v JLB 

This book gives the historical and ceremonial significance of each of the 

Jewish feast days and festivals, and traces besides, their observance and 

celebration throughout the centuries. 
Seabury, David. How Jesus heals our minds today. 6v NLB 
Segal, S. M. Elijah. 3v JLB 

A portrait in English of the three Elijahs known to Jewish tradition, the 

historic Elikjah of the Bible, the Elijah of legend, and the Elijah of Jewish 

Tilton, Alice. The left leg, a Leonidas Witherall mystery. 4v Cincinnati Fiction 
Trott, H. W. Santa Claus in Santa land, lv NLB 
Walpole, Hugh. Roman fountain. 4v NLB 
Watson, E. M. As from a minaret. 7v NLB 
White, William L. Journey for Margaret. 4v LC 

Background is London during the heaviest raids. 
Wright, J. E. The old-fashioned revival. 5v NLB 



From the Wilson Library Bulletin, October, 1942 

Howard Melvin Fast was born in New York City, November 11, 1914, the son of 
Barney and Ida Fast. He was sent to George Washington High School; but by the time 
he arrived at college age he had developed a real prejudice against higher learning. 
He offered his servioes to the Navy, but was turned down "because of his tender years" 
In order to see beyond the rim of New York— and to gather a few fresh notions-- he 
went South. When he had to work, he did, whether it was at bean-picking in the 
Everglades or something even less intellectual. 

He returned to New York without a cent in his pockets; but he had made up his 
mind to go to art school, and enrolled at the National Academy of Design. To keep 
above board, financially, he got a job at one of the branches of the New York Public 
Library. But pictorial design had no very great claim on him and at the end of two 
years he left school (and later the library job) and began to give more thought to 
writing for the pulps. He had once made a pact with himself that he would never do 
any more manual labor again, even if he starved, but that did not keep him from 
muddling concrete or working as a shipping clerk. Nor did he tie himself to a 
desk: he has broken all records for hitchhiking by riding 900 miles on the same 
truck; he has talked his way out of a Georgia chain gang; he is a good shot with a 
pistol; and he can make a canoe "do everything but talk." 

Fast sold his first story in 1932; and found a market for several other pieces 
during the next two years. In 1935 he took a job on a dam construction. And when 
Story published a piece of his called "The Children" (March 1937) he saw his first 
real break. It was then, he says, that "Sam Sloan found him and his first novel, 
Place in the City." And life, it appears, took a perceptibly good turn. In June 
of this memorable year he was married to Bette Cohen. 

Fast believed that a novel written around the drama of Valley Forge would 
have a better-than-good chance to succeed. And before the book was finished he 
found that he had developed a singular fondness for the island-like loneliness 
that sets in bhere during the depth of winter. Conceived in Liberty was issued 
in 1939. 

It is said that Fast is indebted to Struthers Burt for the idea behind The 
Last Frontier, a tale of the migration of the Cheyennes, in 1878, from Oklahoma to 
Wyoming. In order to get the mood of the book in place he m d his wife set out, 
in 1939, for an Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Two years later came the book-- 
and an abundance of critical warmth. His studies of Haym Salomon and Lord Baden- 
Powell appeared in the same year. 

Not very long ago Fast did a book on Goethals and the Panama Canal. The latest 
title on the Fast list, however, is The Unvanquished, a "thinking and feeling" novel 
of Washington during the bleakest months of the Revolution. Carl Van Doren went s« 
far as to call it "the next thing to having been on the scene at the time." This 
was probably the most cheering verdict that could have been handed down* For it had 
been the author's conviction that "the current American history is expressed by the 
mass of the American people is revolutionary, (that) Emerson and Thoreau... .believed 
in John Brown and the righteusness of his cause" but that history had been distorted 
in the hands of irresponsible fanciers. And it was with this in mind that Fast, in 
a style that is lean and unweighted, set out on a "one-man reformation of the 
historical novel in America." 

Editor's note - Of this author's books the following are in braille: The Last 
Frontier. 3v CPH? The Unvanquished. 4v APH 


Alexander Woollcott 

Friends of the blind may well lament the sudden death of Alexander Woollcott 
on January 23 of this year. The "Town Crier" seldom neglected an opportunity to 
publicize the work of the Seeing Eye at Morristown, N. J., but that he was also 
active on behalf of the Talking Book is not so well knownt Mr. Woollcott was a 
prominent member of the advisory committee which selects the titles for recording, 
and only a few days before his death the American Foundation for the Blind had 
received his latest list of recommendations. 

Not only did Mr* Woollcott help in the selection of Talking Books; he also 
read some of them before the microphone. In 1935 he recorded the first chapters of 
his book WHILE ROME BURNS. In 1939 he made up a five record selection of items from 
THE WOOLLCOTT READER which he read in its entirety under the title THE WOOLLCOTT 
LISTENER. And just last September he visited the Foundation's studios to record the 
introduction which he wrote for the Readers Club edition of Chesterton's CHARLES 
DICKENS: A CRITICAL STUDY. On this visit he said that, though the doctor had ordered 
him to curtail his activities drastically, he hoped that he would be able to con- 
tinue his work for the Talking Book. 

(Books are in grade 2 unless otherwise indicated) 


Barrett, E. J, B. 
Carnegie, Dale. 
Cutsforth, T. D. 
Dewey, John 
Dewey, John. 

Dimnet, Ernest. 
Ellis, Havelock. 
Freud, Sigmund. 
Freud, Sigmund. 
Gilkey, J.G. 
Gilkey, J.G. 
Gillespie, R. D. 
Greenbie, M. B. 
Haldane, J. S. 
Jackson, J. A., and 
H. M. Salisbury. 
James, W. 
James, W. 
James, W. 

Jastrow, Joseph. 
Jastrow, Joseph. 

Jung, G. G. 
Martin, E. D. 

Martin, E. D. 


Strength of will, lv Grade 1-g- 

How to win friends and influence people. 3v 

The blind in school and society; a psychological study. 

How we think. 5v Grade 1^ NYPL 

Human nature and conduct, an introduction to social psychology 

4v 1922 Grade if 

The art of thinking. 2v Grade 1^ 

Dance of life. 6v Grade 1-g- 

General introduction to psycho-analysis. 9v 

New introductory lectures on psych-analysis. 

Managing one's self. 3v Grade lg 

You can master life, lv 

The mind in daily life. 4v 

Be your age. 4v Grade lj NYPL 

The philosophy of a biologist, lv NYPL 

Grade If NYPL 
3v Gradeli NYPL 

Outwitting our nerves. 3v Grade l^r 

Psychology; briefer course. 6v 

Talks to students on some of life's ideals, lv 

The varieties of religious experience; a study in human nature. 


Getting more out of life. 3v 

Keeping mentally fit, a guide to everyday psychology. 3v 

Grade 1^ 

Psychology and religion. 2v Grade l^ NYPL 

Psychology and its use. (Reading with a Purpose series) lv 

Grade l| 

Psychology, what it has to teach you about yourself and your 

world. 7v Grade l"jf 



Morgan, C. L. 

North, E. A. 
Overstreet, H. A. 
Overstreet, H. A. 
Pillsbury, W. B. 
Pitkin, W. S. 

Plant, J. S. 

Pratt, C. C. 

Riggs, A. F. 

Robinson, J. H. 

Seabrook, W. B. 
Stout, G. F. 
Thomson, J. A. 

Titchiner, E. B. 
Woodworth, R. S. 



Psychology and beyond. Contained in Sir J. A.Thomson's "Science 

for a new world," volume 2. 

Practical problems with the mentally abnormal, lv Grade 

Influencing human behavior. 3v 

Let me think, lv 

The fundamentals of psychology. 6v 

More power to you! a working technique for making the most of 

human energy. 2v 

Personality and the cultural pattern. 7v Grade I2 IIYPL 

The logic of modern psychology. 3v Grade lg NYPL 

Just nerves, lv Grade lg 

The mind in the making; the relation of intelligence to social 

reform. 2v Grade lgf 

Asylum. 3v Grade 1§ NYPL, Philadelphia 

Groundwork of psychology. 3v 

The science of the mind. In his "Outline of science," volume 6 

Grade lj 

A primer of psychology. 6v Grade 

Contemporary schools of psychology. 


Revised edition 
2v Grade lg 

List of Libraries Giving Territory of each. 

Editor's note: This list of libraries and also the list of abbreviations which follows 
are given regularly in the January and June issues for the sake of new subscribers. 














New York State Library, Library for the Blind j New York State 

other than Greater New York City and Long Island; Vermont 

Kriegshaber Memorial Lighthouse for the Blind: Georgia; Alabama; 


Texas State Library, Library for the Blind: All of Texas 

Canadian National Institute Library, 64 Baldwin St., Toronto, 


Chicago Public Library, Dept. of Books for the Blind, 4536-44 

Lincoln Avenue, 111.: Southern half of Illinois from a line 

north of Springfield; Wisconsin 

Cincinnati Library Society for the Blind, 6990 Hamilton Avenue 

Mt. Healthy, Ohio: Southern half of Ohio from a line south of 

Columbus; Kentucky; Tennessee 

Cleveland Public Library, Library for the Blind, Ohio: Northern 

half of Ohio from a line including Columbus 

Columbus Public Library, Library for the Blind, Ohio 

Denver Public Library, Books for the Blind, Colorado: Colorado; 

New Mexico, Nebraska 

Wayne County Library, 3661 Trumbull Avenue, Michigan: Wayne 

County, Michigan 

Minnesota School for the Blind, Library for the Blind: Minnesota; 

North Dakota; South Dakota 

Library of Hawaii, Books for the Blind: All of Hawaiian Islands 

Indiana State Library, Service for the Blind: Indiana 

Illinois Free Circulating Library for the Blind, Illinois S«hool 

for the Blind: Southern half of Illinois from a line including 

Springfield; Iowa 






Los Angeles 
New Orleans 


N. Y. Guild 







Salt Lake City 


St. Louis 

Students ' Library 

Jewish Braille Library, 1825 Harrison Ave., New York City 

Library of Congress, Service for the. Blind, Washington, D. C. j 

District of Columbia; Virginia; Maryland; South Carolina 

Los Angeles Lending Library, Calif-? California; Arizona 

New Orleans Public. Library, Library for the Blind, La . i 

Louisiana; Mississippi 

National Library for the Blind, 1126 - 21st St., N. W. , Washington 

District of Columbia* Virginia; Maryland; North Carolina 

New York Guild for the Jewish Blind, 172 East 96th St., IT. Y. C. 

New York Public Library, Library for the Blind, 137 "Vest 25 St.,; 

N.Y*C: Greater New York City and Long Island; Connecticut; 

Puerto Rico; Virgin Islands 

Oklahoma Library Commission, Oklahoma City 

Perkins Institution Library, Watertown, Mass.: Massachusetts; 

New Hampshire; Maine; Rhode Island 

Free Library of Philadelphia, Library for the Blind, Logan Square, 

Penna.: Eastern half of Pennsylvania from a line beginning with 

Harrisburg; New Jersey; Delaware 

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Library for the Blind, Penna.: 

Western half of Pennsylvania from a line west of Harrisburg: 

West Virginia 

Library Association of Portland, 801 West Tenth Avenue, Oregon: 

Oregon; Idaho 

California State Library, Library f or t he Blind: California; 


Michigan State Library for the Elind: All of Michigan outside 

of Wayne County 

Salt Lake City Public Library, Library for the Blind, Utahj 

Utah; Wyoming 

Seattle Public Library, Library for the Blind, Washington: 

Washington State; Montana; Alaska 

Henry L. Wolfner Memorial Library for the Blind, 3844 Olive St., 

Mo.: Missouri; Kansas 

American Printing House for the Blind 

List of other abbreviations used in this magazine 







American Foundation for the Blind, 15 West 16 St., N. Y. C. 

American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Ave., 

Louisville, Kentucky 

American Red Cross, National Headquarters, Washington D. C. 

Braille Institute of America, 741 North Vermont Ave., Los 

Angeles, California 

Clovernook Printing House for the Blind, Mt. Healthy, Ohio 

Howe Memorial Press, Perkins Institution, Watertown, Mass* 

National Institute for the Blind, 224 Groat Portland St., 

London, England 

Theosophioal Book Association for the Blind, 184 South Oxford 

Avenue, Los Angeles, California 






Cincinnati Cincinnati Library Society for the Blind, 6990 Hamilton Avenue Lit. 

Healthy, Ohio; Southern half of Ohio from a line south of Columbus; 
Kentucky; Tennessee 

Cleveland Public Library, Library for the Blind, Ohio: Northern half 
of 0h.LO from a line including Columbus 
Colun'nus Public Library, Library for the blind, Ohio 
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Volume 12 

A Guide to Braille and Talking Book Publications 

February, 1943 

Number 2 

Published Monthly, Except September, in Braille and in Mimeographed Form 

by the 
Amerioan Foundation for the Blind, Inc, 
15 West 16 Street 
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Through the Library of Congress 
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Book Announcements 

Press-made Braille Books 

Talking Books 

Hand-copied Books 
Aldrich, Mrs. Bess Streeter . From 

Current Biography, published by 

The H. W. Wilson Company 
Knight, Eric. From Twentieth Century Authors, 

Published by The H. W. Wilson Company 




Book Announcements 
Press-made Braille Books 

All press-made books here noted are provided by the Federal Government. Copies of 

these government-supplied books are placed in the twenty-seven regional libraries 

which serve the blind. A list of these libraries appears regularly in the January 

and June numbers of this magazine. 

Readers are required to borrow books from the library designated by the Library of 

Congress to serve their respective territories. 

In the lists which follow, the first book notation in every instance should be 

credited to the Book Review Digest unless another source is given. 

Aldridge, James. Signed with their honour. 5v 1942 APH 

Novel of the RAF in Greece and Libya during the present war. John Quavle, an 
English flying officer, is the hero; Helen Stangou, daughter of a Greek 
correspondent, is the heroine. A love story of these two, their marriage and 
their attempts to work out their problems hampered by a world at war. 

Cozzens, James Gould. The just and the unjust. 5v 1942 APH 

"The scene is a county seat during a murder trial*. By day the trial proceeds 
inexorably. But when court is adjourned, the lawyers are human beings 
struggling with their personal crises. The procedure of the law and the life 
of the community are not separate, for each shapes the other." Publishers 

De La Mare, Walter. Memoirs of a midget; with a foreword by Carl Van Doren. 5v 
1922 APH 

"The recollections and impressions of Miss M., a perfectly formed little 
creature so small that the domestic cat knocks her down in brushing past her, 
but possessed of a decisive wit, and the most delicate and sensitive 
appreciation of beauty." Standard Catalog 

Gumpert, Martin. First papers; with a preface by Thomas Mann; translated by 
Heinz and Rath Norden. 2v 1941 CPH 

Impressions of America as it appears to a doctor who escaped from Nazi 
Germany five years ago. The time he has spent studying Americanization 
corresponds to the years between his receipt of his first papers and his 
final achievement of citizenship. 

Hammett, Dashiell. The thin man. 1933 2v CPH 

Story of disappearance, murder and robbery as told by "Nick Charles" the 
detective who solves the case. "One of the finest works to bring humor and 
of a distinctly native brand, to the detective story in this country." 
Standard Catalog 

Hargrove, Marion. See here, Private Hargrove; foreword by Maxwell .finder son- 
2v 1942 CPH 

Collection of articles about the first stages of beooming a soldier in the 
American Army, as it seemed to aformer newspaper man whose introduction to 
army life took place at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The pieces were first 
printed in the Charlotte(N.C. ) News, on which paper the author had worked. 

Hindus, Maurice. Russia and Japan. 2v 1942 FMP 

Following his prophetic book, "Hitler Cannot Conquer Russia," the author 
td:es up the question of Russia and Japan, and gives it as his opinion that 
the two nations will be at war with each other before the present conflict 
is over. "There is a wealth of invaluable background in this book, much of 
it gathered on the ground in Russia, a keen analytical description of the 
great transition that has taken place in Russia from the last war down to 
this war, and there are revealing chapters dealing with the great potential- 
ities of Siberia as an industrial center and with the role of the arctic cs 
a possible base against an army invading Siberia. All this helps us to see 



the great Russian problem in its true immensity. Here is a first-rate 
book, packed with useful information, replete with sound reasoning and 
likely to turn out as truly prophetic as Mr. Hindus 's earlier predictions. 
It is enormously impressive and deserves a wide circulation." Herald 
Tribune Books . 

Hoover, Herbert and Hugh Gibson. The problems of lasting peace. 3v 1942 APH 
"What Messrs. Hoover and Gibson did was to survey the important peaces in 
history-not merely the peace treaties nor the peace makings, but the nature 
of the peace that resulted in each case. This they did from the Pax Romana 
down through the Treaty of Westphalia and the Congress of Vienna to the 
Versailles Treaty... The resulting diagnosis is like a treatise on some sub- 
ject in the world of physics. From their survey Messrs. Hoover and Gibson 
deducted that alterations of peace and war throughout human history have 
been due to the interplay of seven dynamic forces... It is the relation of 
the forces to each other, their interplay, that is prepotent." Herald 
Tribune Books 

Koestler, Arthur. Dialogue with death; translated by Trevor and Phyllis Blowitt. 
3v 1942 APH 

This book contains portions of the author's "Spanish Testament" published in 
England in 1938. It tells the story of his experiences during three months 
spent in Spanish prisons during the Spanish Civil war. 

Salten Felix. Good comrades; tr. by P.R. Milton. 2v 1942 HMP 

These "good comrades" are all animals - dogs, cats, birds, a rabbit, a cow, 
even an ant. The stories are short, told simply enough to give to children, 
but useful with adults also. 

Standard hymns; music and words; printed in braille for the John Milton Society, 
New York, lv 1942 

Truth from the soil; presented by the Federated Garden Clubs of N. Y. State, Inc. 
(Duplicated) lv 1942 ARC 

Talking Books 
(These books are provided by the U. S. Government) 

Benchley, Mrs. Belle. My friends, the apes. 17r 1942 Read by Kenneth Meeker APH 
Mrs. Benchley, director of the San Die&o zoo, tells in an interesting, 
informal, narrative style, what she has learned from the scientists and from 
her own observations, concerning the nature and habits of the four anthropoid 
ape families — the gibbons, the orangs, the chimpanzees and the gorillas. 

Churchill, Winston. Blood, sweat and tears. 32r 1941 Read by Alexander Scourby. 

Collection of the speeches of the Prime Minister of England delivered during 
the period from May, 1938, to February, 1941. The arrangement is 

Deland, Margaret. Old Chester tales. 19r 1926 Read by Ethel Everett. AFB 

Contents! Promises of Dorothea; Promises of Dorothea; Good for the soul; 
Miss Maria; Child's mother; Justice and the Judge; Where the laborers are 
few; Sally; Unexpectedness of Mr. Horace Shields. 

Fletcher, J. S. Middle temple murder. 15r 1930 Read by John Knight. AFB 

"A good mystery whose usual start with a murder does not entail the usuel 
hackneyed formulas for its solution. For the young sub-editor of the London 
"Watch-man" pursues in the main a direct method which results in logical, 
progressive stages of development, and which leads through labyrinthisn ways 
to a goal unguessad by the reader up to the next to the last p9ge. 
Standard Catalog 

Kent, Mrs. Louise. Mrs. Appleyard's year. 8r 1941 Read by Elizabeth Morgan AFB 
Character sketch of charming Mrs. Appleyard, who spent her summers in *ormorrt 
and her winters in Boston. Devoted to her huslsnd and four grown-up children, 
she took life with gentle but witty understanding. The book follows the 
Appleyards thru one year, from a hapny Now Year to late Christmas shocking. 


Ohnstad, Karsten. The world at my finger tips; 21r 1942 Read by Ernest Rea. APH 
The author was afflicted with blindness during his lest year in high school. 
His book tells the story of the months of waiting for cure or the end of sight, 
and of the dozen years which followed when he had to struggle to re-adjust his 
life, and finish his education in spite of his handicap. One section is 
devoted to an account of his experiences with a Seeing Eye dog. 

Phillpotts, Eden. The gray room. 13r 1921 Read by Lauren Gilbert AFB 

"A novel dealing with the mystery surrounding the deaths of five people who 
at various times attempt to sleep in a room reputed +o be haunted." 
Standard Catalog 

Spence, Hartzell. Get thee behind me. 18r 1942 Read by George Patterson. APH 
The author of "One Foot in Heaven" now executive editor of Ya~k, the army 
newspaper, writes of his adolescence in the nineteen-twenties, his upbringing 
in the Methodist parsonage where Father was Law, but Mother was no meek non- 
entity, and describes vividly the life of the parsonage, and the kind of 
people it produced. 

Stern, G. B. The matriarch. 19r 1936 Read by John Knight AFB 

"This story of the Rakonitz family, Viennese Jews who spread over Europe and 
finally settled in London, is in part a true family chronicle with the fifteen- 
year old Babette, heroine of a Napoleonic legend. The family went on ramify- 
ing thru successive generations, chiefly by intermarriage, and always yielding 
unquestioning loyalty to the olan and the family tradition. An enormous 
number of characters appear on the stage, but the virility of the family and 
the interest of the family is "concentrated in its worr.en. M 
Standard Catalog 

Thomas, Henry, and D. L. Thomas, pseudonyms. Living biographies of great 
philosophers. 20r 1941 Read by Roger Lyons. AFB 

Collection of short biographical sketches on the lives of famous philosophers. 
Contents: Plato, (including Socrates); Aristotle; Epicurs; Marcus Aurelius; 
Aquinas; Francis Bacon; Descartes; Spinoza; Locke; Humo; Voltaire; Kant; Kegel; 
Schopenhauer; Emerson; Spencer; Nietzsche; William James; Bergson; Santayana. 

Turnbull, Agnes. Remember the end. 2pts 29r 1938 Read by the author and 
Lauren Gilbert AFB 

The principal character of the novel is Alez MacTay, who emigrates from 
Scotland to Western Pennsylvania, where he becomes a power in the realm of 
coal and steel. The artistic tendency in his nature, which he has deliberately 
submerged, reappears in his son, causing conflict in the fields of both 
business and romance. Standard Catalog 

Hand-copied Books 

(A partial list of recent additions. Our information is not complete in regard to 
the location of hand-copied books* Unless otherwise noted, these books are in 
grade 1^) 

Analytical Case Digests — Conflict of Laws. 8v LC 

Bell, Caroline, and Eddie. Thank you twice; or, How we like America, lv Cleveland 

Burgess, Perry. Who walk alone. Palo .alto 

A story of a young American soldier who contracted leprosy in the Philippines. 
Chesterton, G. K. The scandal of Father Brown. Cleveland Fiction 4v 
Coatsworth, Elizabeth. The trunk. Cleveland 4v 

A novel concerning an artist and his wife. Scene is Central .America. 
Dunlap, Katharine. Once there was a village. 3v LC 

A story of two youthful Americans in Paris in 1939 caught by the war. 
Grey, Zane. Tales of Tahitian waters. 7v Fiction Cleveland 
Hayes, Dorsha. The American orimer. 2v Sociology LC 
Hill, G. L. The girl from Montana. 4v Fiction LC 
Kipling, Rudyard. Barraok room ballads, lv Cleveland 




Komroff, Manuel. Magic bow, a romance of Paganini. 7v N. Y. Guild 
Larrimore, Lida. The silver flute. 4v Fiction Cleveland 
Lieferant, Henry, and Sylvia. One enduring purpose. Fiction 4v Detroit 
Loring, Emilie. As long as I live. 5v LC 

The advertising business provides the background for this romance. 
Marsman, J. H. Palo Alto 

A true story of the experience of a business man during the siege and fall of 

Hong Kong. It gives a true picture of the treatment the Japanese give to any 

people they conquer. 
McKenney, Margaret, and E. F. Johnston. A book of garden flowers, lv LC 
Merrick, Elliott. Northern Nurse. 

A story of the unselfish service of a nurse in the far north, of her heroic 
struggle to care for the white and Indian population over hundreds of miles of 
the frozen North. 
Mitchell, E. V. Anchor to windward. 4v LC 
Mitchell, L. E. A study of fifty trees. 2v Perkins 
Pace, Mildred. Clara Barton. 2v Biography. Columbus 
Pierson, Mrs. Eleanor. The defense rests. 3v Fiction LC 
Semeonan, G. Liberty bar. 3v Cleveland 

Shields, James K. Fifty years in buckles and saddle. 2v Religion Cleveland 
Trowbridge, W. R. H. Lola Montezj "Seven Splendid Sinners." lv LC 
Vestal, Stanley, pseudonym* King of the fur traders! the deeds and deviltry of 

Pierre Esprit Radisson. 5v Cincinnati 
Vines, Howell* A river goes with heaven. 5v Fiction St. Louis 
Wadelton, T. D. My father is a quiet man. 2v LC 
Warner, F. L. The pleasure of your company? a footnote ^o friendship by Frances 

Lester Warner, lv Cleveland 
Werner, M. R. Julius Rosenwald; the life of a practical humanitarian. 9v JBL 
Wylie, I. A. R. My life with George, an unconventional autobiography. 6v 


Books As Weapons 

A message from President Roosevelt to the Council on Books in Wartime, praised 
(P the "growing power of books as weapons." "Books, like shins", the President said, 

"have the toughest armor, the longest cruising range and mount the most powerful 
% guns." "I hope that all who write and publish and sell and administer books will, 
on the occasion of your meeting, rededicate themselves to the single task of arm- 
ing the mind and spirit of the American people with the strongest and most enduring 

ALDRICH, Mrs. BESS STREETER American novelist, writes: "I w-s born in 
Cedar Falls, Iowa. My parents were James and Mary (Anderson) Streeter, pioneer 
settlers in eastern Iowa. My grandfather, £imri Streeter, hi» wife, three sons and seve: 
daughters, came into the state in 1852, traveling by ox team, the trip from Illinois 
taking three weeks. There were no bridges then, and the caravan was brought across 
the river by ferry, My mother's family came two years later, also by ox team, and 
purchased land from the government for $1.25 an acre. Grandfather Streeter repre- 
sented Black Hawk County in the first Iowe State Legislature, where his reputation 
for joking gave him the title of 'the Wag of the House.' Father and mother were 
married in a log cabin in 1855. They lived to see Cedar Falls and Waterloo grow 
from a few cabins to prosperous cities, one a college town, one an industrial 
center. Authentic history of this growth is in my novel, Song of Years. 

"Because I was born at the tag-end of a large family I never experienced any 
of the pioneer hardships of which I wrote, for by that time my parents were living 
in a growing town with its (for the time) conveniences. But from this early 
association with many relatives who did live through the settling of the "idwest, 
I gained much firsthand information concernining that period and have made use of 






it in many books . 

"Graduating from the C3dar Folia High School and then from State Teechers' 
College, I taught for 3ix years before my marriage, one year in Boone, Iowa, three 
years in Morshalltown, Iowa, one in Salt Lake City, Utah, and one in the primary 
training school at my old colloge. In 1907 I married Charles S. Aldrich, who hed 
been the youngest captain in the Spanish-American Wcr, and had been later in Alaska 
as United States Comissioner. We lived first in Tipton, Iowa, and then moved to 
Elmwood, Neb., where my husband was a banker and attorney, and where I still retain 
my home, Mr. Aldrich died in 1925, when our daughter and three sons were small. 

"My published output consists of about 150 short stories in various leading 
magazines, and nine books, which have all been translated into various foreign 

Mrs. Aldrich travels a great deal, but always returns to her roomy, typicflly 
Middle Western house in Elmwood, for to her, as Annie Russell Marble said, "the 
small town is a microoosm of the world." If nothing else brought her back, her gar- 
den would do so, for she is a devoted and ardent gardener. Her long oval face, 
framed by soft grey hair, shows thoughtfulness , gentleness, and the pawky humor she 
inherited and which has saved her admittedly sentimental and "wholesome" novels from 
mawkishness. She is from and of the Middle West; its history is in her blood and 
she can write of no other plaoe. A Lantern in Her Hand, which became a best seller, 
she wrote as a tribute to the pioneer mother, and she says she would have written it 
had she known that not a single copy would be sold. 

Until 1918, Mrs. Aldrich wrote under the pseudonym of "Margaret Dean Stevens." 
Since then she has used her own name. One of her stories, which later gave its title 
to a short story collection, "The Man Who Caught the Weather," was in the 0. Henry 
Memorial Volume for 1931. She recoived an honorary Litt.D. from the University of 
Nebraska in lt<34. Her first short story won a prize whan she was seventeen, but 
she published nothing more until after her marriage. Her typical book covers the 
entire life, from youth to age, of a Middle Western woman, and her thesis is thtit 
love, marriage, and children are the most important things in life. Her intense 
feeling for nature, a natural gift for characterization, and her humor place her 
work in a rather higher category than its philosophy might indicate. 


Eric Knight 
From Current Biography July 1942 

Editor's Note: Major Eric Knight was among the thirty-five men killed in a crash 
of a transport plane in Surinam (Dutch Guiana) on January 20th. 

When Eric Knight was asked by Twentieth Century-Fox for some facts about 
himself to be used in connection with the screen presentation of his novel, This 
Above All, Knight replied: "No, I won't write my biography because 'biographies* are 
tho bunk. A man is nothing. But what he works at - if that is any good and if he 
believes in what he is doing and sweats at it - that is everything. That should be 
written about if you want. Say anything about what I write but not about me." 
Although the core of most of Knight's novels is his anger at Britain's complacent, 
bad leadership prior to the War, he is devoting all his efforts in 1942 to war work 
and declares he will write nothing more "for himself" until the War is over. 

Eric Mowbray Knight was born on April 10, 1897, in the pleasant hunting 
oountry that rolls down from the edge of Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire, England, the 
third of the four sons of Frederic Harrison and Hilda Knight. His family were 
Quakers and its only "literary" taint came from his maternal grandmother who had 
been an instructor in languages at a seminary, wrote unpublished poetry, and had 
known the Bronte* girls. His father was a jeweler and diamond merchant who lived 
extravagantly - the Knights spent summers at the Isle of Kan and winters on the 
Riviera at Mentone - and who died young, leaving his family without funds. 

"My mother was a stubborn, determined, and purposeful woman," Knight writes 
us. "As a young widow she sailed into the world to make a living for her sons. 







My first remembered letters from her came from St. Petersburg, where she was 
governess to the children of Princess Xenia, I believe. She sent me, I remember, 
small blue stones picked up from some Russian seashore beach, and she said they 
called her Gulda Feodorovna. She now had three Russian boys to take care of. A 
childhood grudge was that I had to remember them in my prayers, and really I was 
jealous of them. She had sent a pioture of herself with one of them riding pick- 

Knight did not see his mother again until he was a g»own youth. " I suppose 
we were pretty much of a nuisance to a young and pretty widow — she was only twenty- 
four when she went to Russia - so we all got scattered around with relatives," 
Knight writes. "I suppose we were more or less an unwanted nuisance to them, too. 
My younger brother died - that was Noel. When I was about six I saw Fred and Ed, 
my older brothers, for one day as I was bundled through London on my way to still 
some other relative. They were almost grown men when I saw them again. 

"I think my case got pretty well lost in the shuffle, and I ended up in a 
manufacturing town in Yorkshire with an uncle who was a carter. He was a man of 
sudden and furious tempers, but to me one of the kindest and most loving men who 
have entered my life. I was extremely happy there, went to grade school with the 
local lads and learned to take the upper-class drawl out of my voice and to speak 
good dialect. It was a very sane childhood. 

When I was twelve my uncle died and I passed on to still other relatives end 
lived at Skircoat Green in Yorkshire, whioh is more or less the setting of t^e 
Powkithorpe Brig in the Sam Small stories. I enjoyed life there, too, and left 
behind any still lingering pretensions of more polished life. I learned the change 
in dialect, and at twelve went half-timing in the mills as a bobbin stter, working 
half a day, going to school half a day. At thirteen I started full time and became 
the head doffer in charge of a half-dozen other lads in their first long trousers. 
The days *«re v^ry long, but the mill lasses sang all day, and the hours droned 

"I got a little ambitious and was apprenticed in an engine works at Leeds. I 
wanted to be an artificer in the Royal Navy, but the place came out on strike a 
month later, and I was in my first labor struggle. I was a good striker. I never 
went back, but the strike dragged on and we began to get a bit hungry. I got a job 
at a sawmill. Then I was taker-off at a bottle -blowing place, twelve-hour shift a 
night on piece work with the blowers. 

"Suddenly that most interesting part of my life came to an end, and (why I 
don f t just know) I was headed for America. In Philadelphia, after more than a 
dozen years, we were all together again. We were pretty much strangers. I was 
homesick and we didn't get along so well. They scrubbed the dialect out of my 
tongue and even tried to put me back in knickerbockers. Then I was shipped off to 
school. Took some concentrated studying at Cambridge Latin, then at the Boston 
Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Academy of Design in New York* 

"It was a nice period in my life, but not one-half as interesting as the looms 
and bobbins and forges and furnaces and rivets and kilns and power-belts of the 
faotories. I wasted time and didn't study much. When war came I went up to Canada 
and enlisted and joined the Princess Pats overseas in a reinforcement draft. After 
the War there was no more family. Fred and Ed were killed together in Juno 1919 
in the 110th Pennsylvania Infantry. We never did really get that family together 
and mother's masterfulness and determinatuon seemed to leave her suddenly. I 
became to her always a reminder of the other two who didn't come back, I suppose. 
It would have been the same no matter which one of us came home. She died not 
long after that." 

After the War Knight tried painting, but found himself, as he puts it, "rather 
color blind." He tried newspaper cartooning and found himself usually writing in- 
stead of drawing. After working on various papers across the United States includ- 
ing the Darien Review, the Norwalk Sentinel, and the Bronx Home News, he became 
"Yorkshiro" or stubborn one day while on the Philadelphia Ledger and, because the 
editor did not like six of a proposed series of columns, sent one to Liberty 
Magazine. In relating the incident to Robert Van Gelder, Knight describes the 





articlos as Stories behind small r.c^-s items. The first one, "The Two-Fifty Fat" was 
bought by Liberty. His next fiction effort, a short story called " 7 *eet !'e in the 
Shadows" was bought by Story 'agazine end another, "The .erne," made an 0. ^anry 
rej&orial Volume. 

Encouraged, Knight left newsoaper work and decided to evote all his time to 
writing. He had traveled a good deal both in Europe and Amorica and had made sever- 
al trips to his birthnlace, Yorkshire. He was perpetually shocked by his meetings 
with school friends and youngsters who hod worked with him in the mills end who hed 
grown up to be work-wearied, early Tiid le-aged men, most of them married and strugg- 
ling along with a r.ew feneration of rickets-ridden children. Eis keen and vehement 
dissatisfaction with the smug oonplacency and blithe unconcern of the "alleged 
upper classes" awoke in him the need for an outspoken pen. "/ithout his being con- 
scious of it, his fow years in America, he says, destroyed completely his British 
acceptance of social strata and clas3 distinction, and his "painlessly absorbed 
standards of American democratic life led him in revolt against the acceptance of 
class leadership in tho backwaters of Yorkshire where he had been reared." "Then ho 
decided to write he dotermined that his writings would "attack foot and horse the 
lack of clear political and social leadership in Britain and tho growing economic 
vacuums about the coal fields of Yorkshire and the othe main coal-producing areas 
of Britain." The strickon areas filled him with concern for the vigor and strength 
of England. In the courso of his investigations he encountered Sir Stafford Crioos 
who, Knight decided, was the only real potential leader in Britain. 

In 1936 Knight -.rote his fi*st novel, "Song on Your Bugles," published first 
in England and, the following year, in America. Originally a short story, "Song on 
Your Buglas" grew into a book-length narrative on the advice of George Antheil, the 
musician. Set against tho background of a textile mill town in Englcnd, it is the 
story of the personal ambitions of Horrie Champion, first a mill worker, then an 
artist, finally a mill worker again when the revelation of his parentage brings his 
love story to a tragio end. The book brought a "good nod" in England and was favor - 
ably reviewed in the United States. 

In 1938, under the pseudonym, Richard Hellas, Knight wrote a novel, "You Play 
the Black and the Red Comes Up," described as a "hard-boiled novel with the sob in 
the throat," a "phony," a combination of "Farewell to Arms", "Tho Postman Always 
Rings Twice," "Serenade," and "An Are ri can Tragedy." "James Thurber, himself," one 
reviewer said, "couldn't have done a batter parody. "The author has perhaps tried 
hard to write an exoiting and convincing story," another reviewer wrote, "But tho 
reader is likely to feel the work would have been better as burlesque." According 
to the London Times Literary Supplement, however* "Although cvory character in this 
book by any ordinary standards is crazy, the book itself has a curious air of reality 
and there is a quickening interest and even drama, which the rough and deliberately 
casual style only partly obscures, ond a sincere pathos at the end to which this 
mannerism is a splendid contrast." 

In an article on the "Ghost Toms" of Britain in tho Saturday Evoning r ost, 
Knight attacked the "growing cancer of British life, the fearful narcotic of idle 
mon on the dole," and produced what he considers one of his best writings. He 
continued his attaoks on the dole, ohild illness, and malnutrition in "The Erpoy 
Land" (1940), a story of the life of tho Yorkshire colliers when the mines shut 
down and the solf-rc3occtin^ people who fight to maintain their pride gradually 
descend until they arc put in lobor camps and even prison. Tho critics found this 
book a "big filled out novel of Victorian richness .. .And all these people and this 
story aro tho stuff of literature." Thoy said it was"a stouthearted and for r.rd- 
looking book, splendidly written," "a warm, human talo," and an important book. 

In the same year, 1940, he wrote a story of c prizo collie belonging to a 
poor Yorkshire boy. The book wus callod "Lassio Come-Home," and has been favorably 
oompared with "Bob, Son of Buttle" and "Grayfriars Bobby," and judged worthy to 
stand with the dog books of tho late Albert j uyson Terhune. 

In 1941 "This Above All," a novel about England in the fall of 1940, eppea-ed. 
"ado into a film in 1942, "This Above All" has boon rated as Knight's best work to 
dote and the first great novel to come out of the Second ^orld 7ar. The protagonist 
is Clive Briggs, on Englishman of lowly origin who is self-educated and introspective 





He has been In the Battle of Dunkerque where he distinguished himself; but he has 
begun to have doubts as to whether England is worth fighting for. In the course of 
a love affair with Prue Cathaway ("the most ineptly named heroine in English 
fiction"), who is the daughter of well-to-do parents, he is won over to her point of 
view before being fatally injured in an air raid. 

The critics found that the book showed "great advance in style, dramatic power, 
and subtlety of charactertization. For sheer writing, the opening chapter is as goca 
as anything in Hemingway and Steinbeck, with the reservation that the Americans 
preceded Mr, Knight." The Herald Tribune Books found it " a passionate and moving 
story, and although pronouncedly British, capable of rising above nationality, of 
talking finely in terms of human beings as well as nations." The London Times 
Literary Supplement commented: "Many people are going to be angry with Mr. Knight, 
but they must admit, however grudgingly, that he has written one of the out- 
standing novels of the War, a novel full of realism and reforming fire* He has 
written a challenging book, which in itself is a tribute to the continued liberty of 
thought and speech that makes its appearance possible*" 

In 1942 "Sam Small Flies Again," a volume of ten stories of the "Yorkshire 
Paul Bunyan" created by Knight, appeared. It was in 1937, after an argument with 
Whit Burnett, editor of Story Magazine, concerning the lack of real humor in modern 
America, that he wrote the "Flying Yorkshireman" which was later reprinted several 
times, in book form and in digest form. This good-humored folk fantasy met with 
suoh acclaim that Knight followed it with others inoluded in the 1942 volume. The 
New York Times reviewer found it "the kind of ??*•*• pawky hum*? which hes its own 
laws and which cannot be characterized very readily...... an immensely funny book, 

carrying the tall tale tradition to new heights*" They were compared to the stories 
by Mark Twain, Kipling and Dickens, and the Yorkshire dialect (which is dying out in 
Yorkshire to Knight's regret) plaoed no obstacles in the way of American enjoyment. 

In 1932 Eric Knight was married to Jere Knight who has been described as being 
"as American as buckwheat cakes and Philadelphia scrapple," She has worked for the 
League of Nations, acted as Eastern story editor for a Hollywood studio, and talked 
over the radio in England and Canada." She is working on a book about women in the 
War in collaboration with Colonel W. S. Munson of the War Department. According to 
a "thumbnail sketch" about her in the Saturday Evening Post for which she writes, 
being married to Knight is the best thing she does - and the most fun. By a pre- 
vious marriage Knight has three children: Betty, Winifred (Mrs. Charlton T'ewbornlll) 
and Jonnie (Mrs. Frenk Moore), 

Eric Knight is five feet eleven inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has a 
ruddy English complexion and looks younger than his ysars. Although a British 
subject, Knight is a captain in the United States Army, working in the Special 
Services Division since April 1942* 



♦ 1 




Volume 12 

A Guide to Braille and Talking Book Publications 

March, 1943 

Number 3 


Published Monthly, Except September, in Braille and in Mimeographed Form 

by the 
American Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 
15 West 16 Street 
New York City 

Braille Edition Provided by the U. S. Government 
Through the Library of Congress 
Printed at the American Printing House for the Blind 
1839 Frankfort Avenue 
Louisville, Kentucky 

Address all communications to the editor, Lucy A« Goldthwaite 
American Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 
15 West 16 Street 
New York City 






Book Announcements 

Press-made Braille Books 

Talking Books 

Hand-copied Books 
Catalogues Now Available 

Jewish Braille Review Literary Competition 
Victory Gardens for the Visually Handicapped, 

by Nelson Coon 
An Interview with Samuel Eliot Morison, 

by Robert van Gelder 
Archibald Cronin, From Twentieth Century 






Book Announcements 
Press-made Braille Books 

All press-made books here noted are provided by the Federal Government. Copies of these 
government -supplied books are placed in the twenty-seven regional libraries T «hich serve 
the blind. A list of these libraries appears regularly in the January and June numbers 
of this magazine. 

Readers are required to borrow books from the library designated by the Library of Con- 
gress to serve their respective territories. 

In the lists which follow, the first book notation in every instance should be credited 
to the Book Review Digest unless another source is given. 

Albrand, Martha. No surrender. 2v cl942 CPH 

A story of the underground movement in Holland working against the Nazi invaders. 
American Red ^ross. Food and nutrition. 2v APH 
Bok, Curtis. Backbone of the herring. 3v cl939 BIA 

"A book of essays, reflections growing out of what were presumably (the author's) 

own cases, with the overtones of his own philosophy, spoken through the voice of 

the fictitious Judge Ulen." Standard Catalog. 

"Judge Bok's writing is thoughtful, sensitive and suited to his varied play of 

material. And some of his descriptions may linger. Legal detail in his books 

is infrequent and unimportant. But human nature flowers in unexpected generosity, 

N. Y. Times. 
Copeland, Lewis, ed. The world's great speeches. 12v cl942 BIA 

"About 250 speeches arranged in four sections! Great speeches of earlier times. 

Great speeches of our times. Informal speeches. The United States and the 

second World War." Standard Catalog. 
Del Castillo, Barnal Diaz. The discovery and conquest of Mexico, 1517-1521; edited 

from the only exact copy of the original Ms. (and published in Mexico) by 

Genaro Garcia. 6v 1928 APH 
Feuchtwanger, Lion. Power; tr. by Willa and Edwin Muir. 6v cl926 CPH 

"The court life depicted in this story is sordid, unlovely and sensuous, but the 

chief character, that of Josef Sus, stands out with epic distinctness." Standard 

Flores, Angel, and Dudley Poore , editors. Fiesta in November; stories from Latin 

America. 7v cl942 CPH 

Eighteen novelettes and short stories from eleven Latin .mnerican countries 

translated by various people. Though the selections are as various in quality 

as in size and theme, the reader will not find a completely dull or a cheep and 

trivial page among them. 
Hahn, Emily. Mr. Pan. 2v cl942 MP 

Collection of sketches about a very gallffnt Chinese gentleman, called Mr. Pan. 

Some of the chapters have appeared in the New Yorker. 
Hai$ Suyin, pseudonym. Destination Chun,g3fli#.g 3v cl942 HMP 

The autobiography of a Chinese girl, still in her twenties. It tells of her 

youth, her storybook romance, and of her active share in the unfinished war in 

China . 

"it is an absorbing, beautifully written book, at once intense and wide-spsced 

in its interest and significance. Its appeal is deep and human, and it should 

be very widely read." N. Y. Times. 
Heard, Gerald. A taste for honey, a mystery. 2v NIB Braille panda No. 59 (jot 

provided by the U. S. Government) 

"Here is an intellectual thriller, something fresh and original, a most grotesque 

and terrible situation, a new kind of detective, and some fascinating scientific 

bee lore. The author is one of the foremost literary man of today.'" The New 








Jordan, Mildred. Apple in the attic i a Pennsylvania legend, lv cl942 APH 

Novel of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. It is the story of Jacob, whose violent 
temper was directed mainly against his meek little wife, Efrvna. Because Emma 
forgot to bring two dollars worth of schnitz to the Reading market, Jacob vowed 
never to speak to her again and he never did. 

Parker, Dorothy. Here lies; short stories. 3v cl930 APH 

Contents: Arrangement in black and white; Sexes; Wonderful old gentleman; 
Telephone call; Here we are; Lady with a lamp; Tod bad; Mr. Durant; Just a 
little one; Horsie; Clothe the naked; Waltz; Little Curtis; Little hours; 
Big blonde; From the diary of a New York lady; Soldiers of the Republic; Dusk 
before fireworks; New York to Detroit; Glory in the daytime; Last tea; 
Sentiment; Your were perfectly fine; Custard heart. 

Steed, Wickham. That bad man, a tale for the young of all ages. 3v NIB Braille 
panda No. 58 (Not provided by the U. S. Government) 

"This plain tale, although actually written for two boys, is for plain people of 
all ages, in as much as it tells the story of Hitler, Nazi-ism, and their 
historical background in a dramatic narrative of vivid intensity. It is a 
remarkable essay in simplicity by a first rate authority, and will leave every 
reader much wiser." The New Beacon. 

Talking Books 
(Those books are provided by the U. S. Government) 

Benchley, Mrs. Belle J. My friends, the apes. 17r cl942 Read by Kenneth Meeker APH 
"I shall do my best to bring you face to face with these apes, not as scientific 
groups but as individuals, creatures to be known and singled out even from their 
cage-mates. I will tell you how they look and act pnd something about their 
character, and I hope you will like them and pity them and laugh with them and 
with me." Introduction. 

Buck, Pearl. American unity and Asia. 6r cl942 Read by George Patterson aPR 
Miss Buck has collected ten of her speeches and articles, of which only one 
(dealing with the problem of relatively manless postwar iimerica) does not 
concern some aspect of Asia, the race question, and the relation of both to the 
war and the peace. 

Jackson, Helen Hunt. Ramona . 2pts 31r 1884 Read by Ann Tyrrell xtFB 

"A romanoe of southern California making a passionate plea for the Indans in 
their hopoloss encounter with the white race." Standard Catalog. 

Nathan, Robert. They went on together. 6r cl941 Read by John Brewster AFB 

Available in braille. The soene is somewhere in Europe where oncoming armies 
force women and children to leave their homes on an hour's notice, pack up the 
few necessities that they are able to oarry with them and join the passing 
throngs on the road that seems to hove no end nor destination. We see the 
whole picture through the eyes of two bewildered children who "went on together 
because there was nothing else for them to do." 

Rauschning, Anna. No retreat. 16r cl942 Read by Terry Hayes APH 

The wife of Doctor Herman Rauschning, author of the Conservative Revolution 
(Book Review Digest 1941) describes the hegira of her family from Germany to 
Poland, from Poland to France, and thence to -america, and her own battle to 
preserve the integrity of her family. 

Rice, Alice Hegan. Haooiness road. 5r cl942 Read by George Patterson AFH 

Last work of author of Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch who died in February, 
1942. Essays on achievement of a haony life under today's difficult circum- 
stances. Mrs. Rice considered happiness a duty because of its influence on 
ourselves and others. 








Hand-copied Books 

(A partial list of recent additions. Our information is not complete in regard to 
the location of hand-copied books, unless otherwise noted, these books are in 
grade lj) 

Adamic, Louis. Two-way passage. 5v Grade II. LC 

Deals with racial problems here and in Europe. 
Adams, C. F. Sabotage. 4v Detroit 

Detective story. 
Andersen, Hans Christian. The tumble-bug, and other tales: 

Trans, from the Denish 

by Paul Toyssac. 2v Cleveland 

6v Richmond 

More fairy tales by this famous author. 
Bailey, A. H. Step by step through the bible with children. 
Brown, Mrs. Zenith. Mr. Pinkerton goes to Scotland yard. 3v 

The famous detective solves another murder. 
Burnham, W. H. The wholesome personality; a contribution to mental hygiene, llv 

Grade II APH Students' Library 

A presentation of the scientific conception of the normal, integrated personality. 
Coxe, G. H. The lady is afraid. 6v Saoramento 

Detective story. 
Crane, Mrs. Frances. The turquoise shop. 5v Detroit 

Detective story. 
Ficke, A. D. Mrs. Morton of Mexico. 6v Cleveland 

A series of adventures revolving around a magnifioent old lady and her Mexican 

Hacker, L. F. and B. B. Kendrick. The United States since 1865. 25v Students 

Library APH 

New edition of a historical survey first published in 1932, now brought up to date, 
Hughes, Richard. Don't blame me 2 lv LC 

Short stories for juveniles. 
Kaufman, G.S. The man who came to dinner. 2v LC 

Comedy drama. 
MaoHarg, William. The affairs of O'Malloy. 5v NLB 

Detective stories. 
Mason, Van Wyck. The Bucharest ballerina murders; a Major North intrigue novel. 

6v Cleveland 

A novel of intrigue and espionage in the current European setting. Major North 

is again involved. 
Miller, J. A. . Master builders of sixty centuries. 

An informal account of some of the world's greatest engineering feats. 
Morgan, J. J. B. The psychology of abnormal people, with educational applications. 

13v Grade II Students' Library APH 

A book dealing with mental abnormalities. 
Morgan, J. J. B. Child psychology. 8v Grade II Students' Library APH 

A study of the normal child at work and at play. 
Nathan, Robert. The sea-gull cry. 2v LC 

Available as a Talking Book. The story of two refugees on Cepe Cod. 
O'Faolain, Mrs. Eileen. The little black hen; an Irish fairy story, lv Cincinnati 
Rhoades, Winfred. The self you have to live with. 2v Clevgj^^ 

A sensible aonroach to some problems of personal adjustment and mental ill heelth; 

religious in tone. 
Seeley, Mabel. The crying sisters. 7v LC 

A mystery novel involving a blameless Minnesota librarian. 
Shepherd, Eric. Murder in a nunnery. 3v Indianapolis 

Just whet it says; with Inspector Pearson of Scotland yard solving the mystery. 
Shriber, I. S. Murder well dcu? . 6v LC 

Deteotive story. 



Smith, W. H. The hisses Elliot of Geneva. 2v LC 

Amusing character sketches of two elderly spinsters of Geneva, New York. 
Thirkell, Angela. Before lunch. 5v LC 

A light novel in an English setting. 
Thomas, Lowell. Beyond Khyber Pass into forbidden Afghanistan. 3v LC, Detroit 

Spirited description of life and travel in wild Afghanistan. 
Thompson, Cecil V. R. I lost my English accent. 5v Columbus, JBL, Chicago, Cincinnati 

Amusing impressions and observations of an English newspaper correspondent in 

Today's ohildren: A story of modern American life. 5v Cleveland 
Towne, C. H. Jogging around New England. 3v Grade II Columbus 

An account of a motor trip through six New England states. 
Tungren, Annette. Flaxen braids: a chapter from a real Swedish childhood. 3v Chicago 
Walker, Mildred. The brewer's big horses. 8v Detroit 

Story of a young Michigan's woman's adjustment to life. 
Weidman, Jerome. Letter of Credit. 8v N. Y. Guild 

Travel book. 
Wodehouse, P. G. Something new. 5v LC 

Amusing story of an American Rhodes scholar at Blandings Castle. 
Woodward, T. E. ^""dine; dairy cows. (Published by the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture) 

2v Sacramento 

A book of helpful information for dairy farmers. 


Catalogues Now Available 

A complete, annotated braille catalogue, with supplements, of all braille 
books and periodicals distributed by the Federal Government through the Library of 
Congress is available to each individual braille reader. This catalogue is intend- 
ed for personal use, and consists, to date, of the following pamphlets: 

BOOKS IN BRAILLE, 1931-1938. Catalogue of Titles placed in the Distributing 
Libraries, July 1931-to June 1939. 

BOOKS IN BRAILLE, 1939-1940: First Supplement. 

BOOKS IN BRAILLE, 1940-1941: Second Supplement. 

(BOOKS IN BRAILLE, 1941-1942: Third Supplement, is now being embossed, and notioe of 
its distribution will be given.) 

Copies of this Catalogue, with supplements, should be available at your dis- 
tributing library. If your library docs not have any, however, you may obtain one by 
writing to the Division of Books for the iidult Blind, the Library of Congress, 
Washington, D. C. 



1942 took place over Tho Blue Nefcrork on January 20th. With Tod Malone as host end 
Master of Ceremonies wore two members from The Committee of Judges - Pearl Buck and 
William Rose Benet. The successful contestants f or t he best short stories were j 
Ea*l W. Howard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for his story, "WEB OF SUMMER"; Clerence 
Hutchinson. Sussex, England, "THE XMK"j Samuel Rubenstein, Passaic, New Jersey, 
"THE CROWN"; and Miss Ivy J. Watkins, South Wales, England, "SALLY'S PRIDE." 

The successful contestants for the best poems werei R. J. Vine, London, 
England, "THE MIDDLE WATCH",- Earl E. Howard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, "GOOD-BYE" end 
Miss Hazel R. Kriet_, Lovcland, Colorado, "RESUU.ECTION." 

Honorable mention was given to the following for short stories j Ronald Best, 
Leeds, England; Louis Corkill, Butte, Montana; Mrs. Elsie Cow f n, Denver, Colorado; 
Miss Elizabeth Marshall Little, Vancouver, Canada; John P. Pearce, Sumrall, Mississippi 
and Joseoh Shulman, Glasgow, Scotland. 

Honorable mention was given to the following for poetry: Mrs. Elsie Cowan, 
Denver, Colorado; Miss Lillian E. Cunradi, Madison, Wisconsin; Miss Joyce Hardwick, 
Northants, England; Mrs. Rachel W. Jacoby, Los Angeles, California; Miss Leota Lohr, 
Ipava, Illinois and Mr. Wilbur Sheron, Marion, Indiana. 

Victory Gardens for the Visually Handi canoed 
Nelson Coon 

Editor's notes In consideration of the very general interest in victory gardens, 
the following article is presented here although it also appears in the March number 
of the Outlook. Attention is drawn to the last paragraph of Mr. Coon's article. A 
movement for Victory Gardens in residential schools for the blind throughout the 
United States as an active contribution by their staff members and pupils to the war 
effort was discussed at a recent convention of the International Council for Exception- 
fP al Children. 

^ "V for Victory" has had a lot of variations played upon it - everything from 
9 the Morse code to Beethoven, propagandizing everything from beer to buttons, until 
one gets a little bewildered and wonders what really is w oifo while. This year the 
"V for Victory" has become "Vegetables for Victory" or "Victory Gardens," and at this 
point we know it is worth while - worth while, surely, in one or another of the mater- 
ial or immaterial benefits of gardening. 

Back in 1938 in an address given at the Home T Qac hers' Conference (before any 
thought of World War II ), I stressed tho point that perhaps the greatest value of 
gardening for the blind was the sense of winning a battle - a battle against Nature, 
perhaps, but a battle just the same. And today that same motive is still a prime one. 
In the case of many blind young folks just out of school, or the middle-aged handi- 
capped, there is apt to be a feeling these days that because of their handicap they 
cannot take part in the winning of the war. Everyone throughout the world has the 
fevor which says "Do your part," and so we try to contribute our share to the effort, 
bo it much or littlo, realizing that today the civilian is just as vital as the soldier, 
In growing a Victory Garden, therefore, there is not only the possibility of contribut- 
ing to the supply of *ood, but also the fact of accomplishment and victory won, which 
will contribute so muoh to tho innor peace of mind of the blind. 

It is hardly necessary to detail here any o^ the now worn arguments that tell 
us why to Victory-Garden, but it may not be amiss to consider some of the practicel 
aspects of the problem. In these early days of balmy spring air and enticing seed 
catalogues, enthusiasm often rises higher than ability or facility, and in encourag- 
ing the blind to garden we must consider the tactical problems of the battle with 


Nature before the adventurer is led into a trap. Just as surely as a general spends 
much thought on the plan and possible outcomes of battle, so gardening demands a 
full consideration of expense, possible return, soil, tools, seed, weather, and a host 
of other tangibles and intangibles. From my experience in working with blind boys 
at Perkins and corresponding with blind gardeners throughout the United States, I feel 
certain that we can say with assurance that there is absolutely no great hindrance 
to successful gardening by even the totally blind. Where there's a will there's a 
way to overcome obstacles, and no operation, not even spading or raking, is too diffi- 
cult. A few minor concessions may be made, such as marking rows with strings and 
stakes, and planting radish seeds with carrots to outline the rows, using someone's 
eyes to differentiate weeds and plants; but these concessions are not so important 
and might vary according to the circumstances. Advice from some local gardener 
should always be sought by the novice in order to be certain that his selection of 
garden plot, soil, and seeds is of the wisest. Gardeners are an enthusistic band 
and like to help others, so there should be no trouble in securing such assistance 
from them as may be needed. The government doesn't want us to spend twenty dollars 
buying valuable fertilizers, scarce seeds, and vital tools to produce ten dollars 
worth of vegetables. A little thought will prevent the novice from costly mistakes. 

One of the best things for the Victory Garden enthusiast is to begin right now 
with a little studying. There are a number of good garden books printed in braille 
which are probably found in most of the circulating libraries for the blind (as they 
are in the one at Perkins). Among the best are* Vegetable Gardening, by Watts; Home 
Vegetable Garden, by Mahoney; Vegetable Gardening, by Wilkinson; How to Grow Food 
for Your Family, by Ogden. 

Read at least one of the above and then for inspiration take a peek at the 
seed catalogues. Somo friend will read them, as they are indeed delightful reading, 
but we mustn't let our eagerness blind us to the fact that catalogue descriptions 
are always optimistic and that our produce won't equal those described in flowing 
terms by the copy writer* 

Immediately after this educative process the blind gardener should get right 
down to work by the first of April and plant his early garden so that the soft 
weather of spring will bring him encouragement, with quickly-grown green vegetables, 
of whioh lettuce, radishes, carrots, peas, and beans are the surest. Then, es early 
success crowns his efforts, and as space permits, he can add (by the purchase of 
young plants) such things as cabbages, broccoli, tomatoes, and peppers, and plant 
the seeds of a modest number of other items, esoecially the "easy" ones, such as 
summer squash and sweet corn. "Fancy" varieties of vegetables do not grace the 
table half as much as "fresh" ones. Once things begin to grow, the interest grows 
with accomplishment. 

Let us then, blind and seeing alike, do everything possible and practicable 
to make this "Food for Victory" campaign a production success, remembering too, that 
all the benefits are not material. Besides vegetables, the blind gardener is going 
to produce j 

1. Better health through exercise 

2. Emotional stability through accomplishment 
Aid and food for the home in which he lives 


4. Recreation and a hobby " pa 
The writer of this article has been in touch for a number of venrs with blind 

r excellence." 

gardeners throughout the country and would be very glad to answer any inquiries on 
specific garden problems which should be addressed to him at Perkins Institution, 
Watertown, Mass. 








Robert van Gelder 

Samuel Eliot Morison, the biographer of Columbus and author of the classic 
"Maritime History of Massachusetts," is a very hale looking scholar with an authorita- 
tive manner* The story is told in Boston that one day when Mr. Morison was much 
younger an old lady looked at him and said in a cool, clear voice i "There is the 
most objectionable type of Harvard man." He has a ducal tread and bow, a formality at 
meeting that probably is primarily efficient. He employs the phrase, "I was a common, 
ordinary private in the last war," He enlisted as a private as soon as he could put 
on enough weight to pass the medical examination. Although six foet one inch in height 
he weighed only 136 pounds in 1917. "I never got beyond Camp Devons. There was anoth- 
er New Englander in the outfit who seemed to find me amusing. He'd say: ' We have 
two Ha-ava-ad men here, one from Ha-ava-ad College and one from Ha-ava-ad Brev^ery." 

Mr. Morison had come here from Baltimore for interviews in connection with the 
publication of "Admiral of the Ocean Sea." He said that he is teaching at Johns 
Hopkins this year, "to save Harvard money." "They were trying to cut the budget at 
Cambridge, and Johns Hopkins wanted me, so all that it means is that for six months 
Johns Hopkins is paying my salary rather than Harvard." 

He said he began thinking quite intensively about Columbus in the Summer of 
1916, when he was 29 years old. "Channing had given me History 10 for the year and I 
went to Cambridge in the beginning of August to prepare my lectures. They vrere 
supposed to cover from the time of the Vikings to 1770, but when the college opened 
three months later I was still digging at the voyages of Columbus. I kept just 
ahead of the class that year." 

The Portuguese claims to prior discovery of America led him to spend a Winter 
in Lisbon, "because if these claims had been true I would not have written the 
biography of Columbus." He wrote a book, published by the Harvard University Press, 
offering the evidence on which these claims were based and other evidence indicating 
that they were false. "With that settled I started on the biography." 

"How about the Vikings? Hadn't they discovered America before Columbus?" 

"Yes, but what of it? They had no idea of what they'd found, they had no 
records. There have been trashy theories that Columbus was told of the Viking dis- 
covery during his Iceland. voyage. I am not prepared to believe this. I think it 
very doubtful that Columbus picked up a knowledge of Icelandic and sat about listen- 
ing to the sagas, and in this way heard that there was a new world." 

"Did you write 'Admiral of the Ocean Sea' with the hope of the big sale that 
apparently it will have?" 

"Certainly," said Mr. Morison. He said that he always has written as engaging- 
ly as he knew how and has hoped for wide distribution. "'Growth of the American 
Republic', written with Henry Steele Commager, has had a large sale, but there was 
less satisfaction in that because it is used as a textbook, it is required, the 
students buy it because they are told to, and read it for the same reason." The 
reception given his new book is, he said, "a damn fine thing; naturally, I'm delight*. 


"I think that one reason why it may be liked is, as Ellery Sedgwick said when 

he read the manuscript, that he never had realized that Columbus had a lot of fun. Of 
course, he did have. Most biographers have made him out as a miserable man. He was 
nothing of the sort. Of course, his affairs were up and down, but on the whole he had 
a fine time." 

Mr. Morison said that he had gone ahead with his biography at this time "be- 
cause I decided that if I put it off any longer I'd soon be too old to do the re- 
search in the way that I wanted to do it." His method of research followed the tra- 
dition of Franois Parkman, who, when he wanted to write of the French in the new world, 
went into the wilderness, lived with the Indians, and followed the routes of the 
French explorers under conditions as nearly like those of the earlier time as he 






could manage. Mr. Morison wanted the same life that a library never can supply in hi6 
book on Columbus. 

"My profession is history, my avocation is sailing; I combined then." In yawls 
and ketches through a number of Winters he cruised over thecourses that Columbus is 
known to have followed, saw the same islands, measured the depth of the water off the 
same rocks, lay on deck at night and smelled the same odors from the shore. 

"Columbus wrote: 'There came so fair a smell of flowers or trees from the land 
that it was the sweetest thing in the world. • He wrote that while anchored off Bird 
Rock, as we call it now, an islet. The offshore wind still carries the same scents." 

The two questions most frequently asked him when he was at work on the book, Mr. 
Morison said, were whether it was true that Columbus brought syphilis to Europe and 
questions about the Admiral's nationality and race. 

Mr. Morison scouts the theories that Columbus was anything but a G enoese - "a 
differentiation made by the croud Genaese of the fifteenth century; they didn't like 
being called Italians" - saying that evidence that Columbus was a Spaniard or s Jew 
is simply nonexistent, while those who have advanced the theories that Columbus was 
not aGenoese have had to throw out what perfectly admittable evidence there is and 
call it false with nothing better to put in its place. There are records that show 
that relatives of the Admiral who were not doing very well in Genoa at the time got 
together and sent a young cousin to call on the discovererand get a job. The cousin 
visited the Admiral and got the job, command of a caravel on the third voyage to 
America. He also was entrusted with confidential matters. There is much other 
evidence in addition, of course. 

As to syphilis, there is good reason to believe that the disease was first 
brouffht to Europe at the end of the Admiral's first voyage. But Mr. Morison believes 
that it was the Indian captives who were th©ccrriers . "If the sailors had contracted 
syphilis, they'd have been in the second stage while on the voyage home, which means 
that they would have been ill. The records are accurate and they show no trace of 
this sickness. The Indians, long infected, would not have been actively ill, end 
probably, after baptism, the Indians spread the disease." 

Editor's note x Among this author's books the following are in braille: 

Builders of the Bay colony, lv 

Oxford history of the United States, 1783-1917. llv 

The growth of the American Republic. 15v 

An hour of American history, lv 

Archibald Joseph Cronin 
From Twentieth Century Authors 

Scottish novelist and physician, sends this sketch written by his wife, also 
a physician: "Archibald Joseph Cronin was born at Cardross, Dumbartonshire, the only 
child of Jessie (Montgomerie)C ronin and Patrick Cronin. He was educated at Dum- 
barton Academy, and in 1914 began to study medicine at Glasgow University. His studies 
were interrupted by war service in the navy (as a surgeon sub-lieutenant). In 19CS 
he was graduated M.B., CH.B., with honors; then he embarked as ship's surgeon on a 
liner bound for India. There followed various hospital appoinments - first at 
Bellahouston Ministry of Pensions Hospital and finally as Medical Superintendent of 
the Lightburn Isolation Hospital, Glasgow. In 1921 he married Agnes Mary Gisbon, M.B., 
CH.B., and commenced practice in South Wales. Whilst working there he took two 
higher medical degrees. In 1924 he was appointed Medical Inspector of Mines. In 
1925 he was awarded his M, D. by the University of Glasgow, with honors. Subsequently 
ha started practice in the West End of London, where he amassed a large and lucrative 



But in 1930 his health broke down, and whilst convalescing in the West High- 
lands of Sootland he wrote Hatter's Castle, which was published in 1931 end trans- 
lated into five languages. It was an instantaneous success, and Dr. Cronin then 
determined to devote himself to literature, an ambition which for years he had cherish- 
ed in secret. In fact, all his life he had been intensely interested in the world of 
letters. At the age of thirteen he had won a gold medal in a nation-wide competition 
for the best historical essay of the year. But besides his M. D« thesis, A History 
of Aneurism, his only publication before Hatter's Castle was his report on his survey 
of the medical regulations in British collieries. 

"Dr. Cronin is very keen on all outdoor sports, being particularly fond of 
trout fishing and golf. In his earlier days ho was an enthusiastic footballer. He 
has a definite interest in the theatre. His taste in literature is catholic, but 
perhaps his favorite authors are Stevenson, Scott, and Conrad on the romantic side, 
Balzac, Maupassant and Flaubert on the realistic. In respect of modern novels, he has 
little sympathy with the 'stream of consciousness' school, and does not admire the 
thousand imitators of James Joyce. Of modern writers, he admires Arnold Bennett, 
Sinclair Lewis, and Somerset Maugham. 

Dr. Cronin resides in an old part of Kensington, London, and also has a 
country residence in Sussex where he does most of his writing. He has two sons. In 
literature he has found the sphere of work where he is completely happy. His ambition 
is simply to write so that not only may his name be known now, but that it may con- 
tinue to be known. 

Dr. Cronin has a D.P.H. degree from London University and is a member of the 
Royal College of Physicians. He is a tall, sandy-haired, young-looking man, whom 
one critic has called "England's new Dickens" - though J,B* Priestley might dispute 
the title. His medical play, Jupiter Laughs, was produced unsuccessfully in New 
York in 1940o He has never quite duplicated the freshness and power of his first 
novel. His work has, however, continued to be immensely popular. Dr. Cronin and his 
family are now in the United States. He is apoarently associated with the British 
Ministry of Information and has been to Canada to study hospitalization for soldiers. 





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Volume 12 

A Guide to Braille and Talking Book Publications 

April, 1943 

Number 4 


Published Monthly, Except September, in Braille and in Mimeographed Form 

By the 
American Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 
15 West 16 Street 
New York City 


Braille Edition Provided by the II, S. Government 
Through the Library of Congress 
Printed at the American Printing House for the Blind 
1839 Frankfort Avenue 
Louisville, Kentucky 

Addresa all communications to the editor, Lucy A. Goldthwaite 
American Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 
15 West 16 Street 
New York City 







Book Announcements 

Pre6s-made Braille Books 

Talking Books 

Hand-copied Books 
Jefferson and Democracy. From the 

New York Times 
Madame Chiang Kai-Shek: a book note 
Map-of- the -Month 
Elmer Davis. From Twentieth Century Authors 

m> ' 



Book Announcements 
Press-made Braille Books 

All press-made books here noted are provided by the Federal Government. Copies of 
these government-supplied books are placed in the twenty-seven regional libraries 
which serve the blind. A list of these libraries appears regularly in the January 
and June numbers of this magazine. 

Readers are required to borrow books from the library designated by the Library of 
Congress to serve their respective territories. 

In the lists whioh follow, the first book notation in every instance should be credit- 
ed to the Book Review Digest unless another source is given. 

American Red Cross. American Red Cross first aid text-book, prepared by the American 
Red cross for the instruction of First Aid classes. Contains supplementary 
material. 2v Grade lj 1933 ARC 

Auslander, Joseph, and F. A. Hill. The winged horse anthology. lOv 1929 APH 
(Not provided by the U.S. Government) 

An anthology designed for the use of younger readers who have still to climb the 
slopes of Parnassus and older readers who neglected to climb them during their 
youth. For these two classes, it can be very highly recommeneded. 

Brewer, John M. and others. Introductory business training. 7v 1931 APH 
(Not provided by the U. S. Government) 

Bridge, Ann. Frontier passage. 3v 1942 CPH 

A story of the Spanish-French frontier during the final months of the Spanish 
Civil war. The characters include English tourists, war correspondents, French 
officials, Spanish refugees from both sides, and spies. 

Carroll, Wallace. We're in this with Russia. 3v 1942 BIA 

In an attempt to answer the question: Can we do business with Stalin? The 
author lays the blame for the German-Soviet pact of August, 1939, to the account 
of Neville Chamberlain and other British and French statesmen. His book contains 
an informal resume of pre-war diplomacy and the workings of the League of Nations, 
and also a record of his visit to Russia in the fall of 1941. 

Constitution and government, Our; lessons on the constitution and government of the 
United States for use in the public schools by candidates for citizenship; pre- 
pe.r->d bv Catheryn Seckler-Hudson. 4v 1941 APH 

Davis, Fitzroy. Quicksilver. 9v 1942 APH 

A story of the personal dramas behind the drama of the footlights. It moves from 
city to city, from crowded railway coaches to noisy dressing rooms, from stage 
doors to catch-as-catoh-can hotel rooms, as two dozen actors and actresses in the 
company of Evelyn Navarre, "the first lady of the American theatre," troupe across 
the face of America in a road revival of "Romeo and Juliet." It moves also 
through the clash of temperaments, the crises of ambition and love and jealousy, 
that flower in the foroed companionship of a theatrical company on the road. 

Farnol, Jeffrey. Valley of night; being an episode in the career of Jasper Shrig 
of Bow Street, with particulars of his highly original methods in the Wrybrook 
Case set down by Ed. Brandon -Leigh, Gent., and edited by Jeffrey Farnol. 4v 
1942 APH 

Mystery story of Cornwall in pre-Victorian days, in which Jasper Shrig, a "limb 
of the law" from London, runs to earth the perpetrator of a murder committed 
some seventy years earlier. 

Fisher, M.F.K. How to cook a wolf. 2v 1942 HM.P 

It is a book about the taste of simple food and about people, some of whom have 
eaten well on very little money and some of whom have eaten incredibly badly, arrd 
it is about nostalgically remembered meals where the company and the brandy were 
of the best. But it is a book, too, about cooking, about how not to boil an egg, 



end what arrangement the cook must make for powdering her nose in the kitchen, 
and at what almost breaking point in dreary economy it is wisdom to take the 
whole week's allowance for "bread and margarine and dine recklessly on a roast 
pigeon with red wine. And it is a book with here and there some casual recipes 
scattered lightly in like raisins in a bun. 

Fraser, Sir Ian* Whereas I was blind. 3v NIB Braile panda No. 60 (Not provided 
by the U. S. Government) 

This extremely interesting autobiography by the Chairman of St. Dure tan's touches 
on many aspects of blind -welfare and shows how a blind man has been able to over- 
come his handicap. Chapters dealing with Sir Ian's work as a Member of Parlia- 
ment, and as a leading authority on broadcasting, form an interesting supplement 
to his survey of the work of St. Dv.r:«tan's. 

Hall, David. The record book; a musifi lover's guide to the world of the phonograph. 
llv 1941 APH 

"The author has done an impressive job and attained his aim of producing a very 
usable handbook for the private collector. His advice concerning equipment end 
its care, methods of purchasing, and, in general, all matters technical are ex- 
celle nt # as are the running oomments relating to the technical part of recording 
and performance. They are less concrete and objective when they deal with the 
merit of the composition, the conductor, or the interpretation." Saturday Review 
of Literature 

In addition to listings of records, with evaluations, data concerning artists, 
manufacturers, prices, etc., there is a running text, containing biographical, 
critical and historical notes on all phases of music covered, — symphonic, 
operatic, vooal, instrumental, chamber, popular music. Includes also the theory 
back of sound building of a musio library; data about composers, periods, con- 
ductors, children's records, and miscellaneous reoords (humor, physical exercises, 
etc.); and information on manufacturing processes, types of machines, needles. 
Standard catalog. 

Hartley, Roland and others. Short plays from groat stories. 3v 1928 APH (Not 
provided by the U. S. Government) 

Hartwell, Dickson. Dogs against darkness. 2v 1942 APH 

Popular story of the Seeing Eye school at Morristown, New Jersey, where dogs are 
trained to be the eyes for their blind owners. Includes stories of the dogs, 
their trainers, and some of their masters. 

Hobart, Alice Tisdale. The cup and the sword. 4v 1942 APH 

A family chronicle and a picture of wine-growing in America, combined. Old 
Philippe Rambeau had come from France years before -the story opens and had found- 
ed and built up a winery in California. The story concerns his children and 
grandchildren and the fortunes of the family business from about 1920 to 1940. 

Ludwig, Emil. The Mediterranean, saga of a sea. 7v 1942 BIA 

Chronicles the history of all the people whose lives have been connected with the 
Mediterranean from the Phoenicians to the Spaniards and Greeks. 

MoLean, Donald. Knowing yourself and others. 3v 1938 APH (Not provided by the 
U» S. Government) 

Medearis, Mary. Big Doo's girl. 2v 1942 CPH 

Big Doc was an Arkansas dootorj Mary was his oldest daughter. The story is of 
the difficulties which besot the family when the mother hod to go to a sanitorium 
and Mary tried to run the house for Big Doc and her brother and two small sisters. 
When the family fortunes ohanged again Mary had to choose between marriage end 
music teaching. 

Morley, Christopher. Thorofare. 5v 1942 APH 

This new novel by the author of Kitty Foyle follows its young hero, an English 
lad, from the time he is brought tc America as a child of six or so, until he 
becomes a naturalized American citizen. 

Painter, Margaret. Ease in speech. 5v 1937 APH (Not provided by the U. S.Governnet' 

Patterson, Howard S. and others. American economic problems. 6v 1941 APH 






"Publication of a book dealing with the economic aspects of modern American 
society rounds out a series of three basic textbooks, ell written by the sane 
authors, for use in social-studies 'problems' courses in the senior high sohool. 
American Economic Problems is based in part on the more general Problems in 
American Democracy (published in 1938 and revised in 1940) and is a companion 
volume to American Social Problems (published in 1939), with which it is corre- 
lated* It may be used by itself, however, as the basis far either a full year's 
study or a one-term course." School Review (Not provided by the U.S. Government ) 

Pearson, Hesketh. G.B.S. a full length portrait. 6v 1942 APH 

A portrait-biography of the famous Irish dramatist and critic, by the author of 

biographies of Darwin, Hazlitt, and Tom Paine. 

Needless to say, this astonishing Mr. Shaw has been greater than anything even 

he has written. This is why his life is more remarkable than the most remarkable 

of his works, and why Mr. Pearson's biography, whioh brilliantly records ixefc Hfe, 

is a book of both uncommon importance and uncommon delight. Saturday Review of 


Poncins, Gontran de Montaigne, and Lewis Galantiere. Kabloona. 3v 1941 ARC 

In the summer of 1938 the author made the journey from France to Canada, and 
then to King William Land, to study the Eskimos. He spent fifteon months amonp 
them, studying their customs and character, living, hunting, and fishing with 
them, in a land where there were only two other white men* This is an inter- 
pretation of Eskimo life and its spiritual and psychological effect upon the 

Roberts, Cocil. One small candle. 3v 1942 CPH 

Romantic tale of a young English doctor turned playwright who wanders from 
Henley-on-Thames to Florida, back to Henley, to Venice, and finally to Poland, in 
his pursuit of the woman he loves. The book closes on the eve of the outbreak of 
the war. 

Shearing, Joseph. The spectral bride 3v 1942 CPH 

This story of the young Earl of Seagrove, a dabbler in spiritualism, and Adelaide 
Fenton, a village Miss with illusions, takes plaoe in England in 1870. Mr. 
Shearing has once more based his facts on a real crime. 

Silone, Ignazio. The seed beneath the snowi translated from the Italian by Frances 
Frenaye. 5v 1942 APH 

Continues the story of Pietro Spina, begin in Bread and Wine. Pietro, an anti- 
Fascist, is hiding in the home of his grandmother, Donna Maria Vincenza, the 
great lady of the little village of Colle in the Abruzzi. The time is during the 
period of the Ethiopian war. 

Spanish language i Pittaro, John M. Nuevos cuentos contradosj more twice-told tales for 
beginners, with exorcises, designed to promoto direct reading for enjoyment, 
develop a basic vocabulary and emphasize a choice list of everyday idioms. 4v 
1942 APH 

Tarle, Eugene. Napoleon's invasion of Russia, ltJl2. 4v 1942 BIA 

The complete history of Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 ending in failure 
and bitter tragedy. It is based upon correspondence hitherto unavailable, and. 
contains fresh pictures of personalities and intrigues, and the ruin of the Grand 

Waters, Frank. The man who killed the doer. 3v 1942 CPH 

Story of the Pueblo Indians. The hero is the boy Martiniano, who had gone to e 
white school and in consequence was at odds with his tribal rituals. As he grew 
older he married the wrong girl, and to make matters worse he killed a deer on 
the government reservation. The story of his spiritual travail and return to 
his tribe follows. 

Woolf, Virginia. The death of the moth, and other essays. 2v 1942 CPH 

"There are readers who find Virginia Woolf 's novels difficult and one wonders how 
to coax and float them on an adventure which yields to the courageous a richness 
of buoyant experience unmatched in the literature of our time. Her essays surely 
are the answer. Thereis poetry in every line of them, or anyhow in every other 
line; and their beautiful quick perceptions are thrown on objects that everyone 




can recognize." Manchester Guardian 

Contents: Death of the moth; Evening over Sussex; Three pictures; Old Mrs. 
Grey; Street haunting; Jones and Wilkinson; "Twelfth night" at the old Vic; 
Madame de Sevigne; Humane art; Two antiquaries: Walpole end Cole; Rev. William 
Cole; Historian and "The Gibbon"; Reflections at Sheffield plaoe; Man at the 
gate; Sara Coleridge, "Not one of us"; Henry James: George Moore; Novels of 
E.M. Forster; Middlebrow; Art of biography; Craftsmanship; Letter to a young 
poet; Why; Professions for women; Thoughts on peace in an air raid. 

Talking Books 
(These books aro provided by the U. S. Government) 

Diaz del Castillo, Bernal. The discovery and conquest of Mexico; 1517-1521 • 
2 pts. 36r 1928 Read by George W a lsh APH 

Giono, Jean. Joy of man's desiring; tr. by Katherine and Allen Clarke. 
2 pts 25r 1940 Read by Alexander Scourby AFB 

Poetically written novel about a wandering acrobat with a haionistic philosophy 
of life, who comes to a lonely plateau in southern France. There he finds the 
peasant farmers struggling to make a living, add to their savings and nothing 
more. He settles down with them and gradually imbues them with his ideas of 
beauty. The farmers reduce their planting, make friends with a stag and his 
family, plant their fallow fields with narcissi, and learn to like the new way 
of living. Then tragedy enters the earthly paradise and the acrobat departs. 

Kipling, Rudyard. Just so stories. 6r 1907 Read by Burt Blackwell APH 

Juvenile fiction In same oontainer with Selected short stories of Saki. 

Kipling, Rudyard. Kinw 21r 1901 Read by Alexander Scourby AFB 

Kim is a street Arab from Lahore, derelict child of an Irish soldier; an alert, 
precocious little vagabond, whose apprenticeship to the secret service gives 
him a unique education in the shady walks of Anglo-Indian life. His journeys 
through India as the disciple of an old Lama bring before the reader a rich 
panorama of the multifarious life of the country. Standard catalog 

Markham, Beryl. West wth the night. 18r 1942 Read by Ruth Carter APH 

Autobiography of a young English woman who has spent much of her life in Africa, 
She made the first solo flight from England to the shores of North America and 
back, in 1936. She was the first woman to fly the mail in Africa, and the first 
woman to train race horses professionally in Africa. Stories of her childhood 
in British East Africa and of her eventful career as an aviator-scouter for big 
game comprise a large part of her story. 

Maugham, W. Somerset. Of human bondage. 3pts 51r 1936 Read by the author and John 
Brewster. AFB 

Realistic portrayal of the life of a youth handicapped by deformity, whose early 
life was a process of self-torture. When he escapes from the cruelty of his 
school-fellows and the uncongenial atmosphere of his hypocritical and selfish 
uncle it is only to plungo deeper into gloom as a lonely lad in London, as a 
student at Heidelberg, and a would-be artist in the Latin quarter in Faris. 
Standard catalog 

Munro, H. H. Selected short stories of "Saki". 7r 1930 Read by George Patterson APH 
In same container with "Just so" stories by Kipling." Saki's" short stories at 
their best are extraordinarily compact and finished, and always have a flashing 
wit and gaiety, a careless cruelty, god-like and detached, and more rarely a 
powerful vein of super-natural fantasy. The non de olume "Saki" was bornwed 
from the cup-bearer in "The Rubaiyat" of Omar Khayyam. The Bookman's Manual 

Vance, Ethel, pseudonym. Reprisal. 15r 1942 Read by Ruth Carter APH 

Psychological study of the reaotions of the people of a little Breton village 
during the Nazi occupation. A German soldier is murdered and twenty hostages 



are to be shot unless the murderer confesses. Andre Galle, former socialist 
minister, is appealed to because of his connection with Vichy. He in turn 
sends for Edouard Schneider, opportunist, once secretary to Galle, now high 
up in Vichy. Francoise, Galle' s gallant young daughter, attempts to keep an 
even keel during the heartbreaking interval, during which her younger brother 
is suspected, and finally escapes to England. 

Walsh, Maurice. Thomasheen James. 19r 1941 Read by John Brewster AFB 

Humorous stories, filled with the scents end sights of Ireland, about a glib 
tall-talker whose imagination gets him out of difficulties and often wins a 
drink or a fishing trip. Appeared as short stories in the Saturday Evening 
Post. Standard catalog 

Wiggin, Kate Douglas. Re> or, ca of Sunnybrook farm. ] 5r 1917 Read by Terry Hanes APH 
A child character that will be loved as long as there ere girls end sympathetic 
grown-ups to read the book. Rebecca, high-spirited and loving, comes to live 
with her two austere old-maid aunts. The effect of that sunny personality in 
the hitherto gloomy house is touchingly shown in the course of the story. 

Hand-copied Books 

(A partial list of recent additions. Our information is not complete in regard to 
the location of hand-copied books. Unless otherwise noted, these books are in 
grade lj) 

Ant i -defamation league. Questions and answers concerning the Jew. 3v NLB 

Baker, Joan« Cheerio messages. NLB Poetry 

Basil, G. C. Test tubes and dragon soales. 5v LC 

Dr. Basil was formerly superintendent of "Syracuse-in-Chine" Hospital, Chungking. 

Blesaing and praise. 2v JBL 

A book of meditation and prayer for individual and home devotion, prepared by 
The Central Conference of American Rabbis 

Buck, Frank, and Carol Weld. Animals are like that. 4v Chicago, St. Louis 

Buttrick, G. A. Prayer. 7v 1942 NLB Religion 

Analysis of the subject of prayer in the modern world, its psychological basis, 
its effects on personality, and advice on the way to pray. 

It is something of a real event in the religious world to have a book like this 
one by Dr. Buttrick. Though he is pastor of a large church and busy with all 
the cares of parish adminittratjon, ho has managed to write a really great book, 
one which is more readable than the professors can write and which is neverthe- 
less lacking in nothing of profundity and scholarship. Reinhold Niebuhr 

Corbin, Hazel. Getting ready to be a father, lv Pittsburgh 

Brief information about pregnancy, birth, the choice of a doctor, and the cost 
of having a baby, with advice on baby care and furniture. 

Crump, Irving. Og, son of Fire. 2v 1922 NLB Fiction 

Detzer, Karl. Carl Sandburg; a study of personality nnd background. 3v LC 

Don, Edward. Study in human engineering. 2v 1941 NLB 

Dupuy, R. E. Where they have trod: The West Point tradition in American life. 7v LC 

Easttman, N. J. Expectant motherhood. 3v Pittsburgh. 

In simple language, an authority gives essential information on pregnancy «nd 
labor for tho expectant mother"; it will allay fears and counteract superstitions 
and old wives' tales. 

Fast, Howard. Haym Salomon son of liberty. 3v Clevoland 

Finkelstein, Louis. Beliefs and practices of Judaism 2v JBL 

The Jewish contribution to the recently published book "Religicea of Democracy 1 '. 
The principal topics aro : The Place of Study of Judaism, The Plaoe of Ethics in 
Judaism; and The Basic Concepts of Judaism. 


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Fox, Dr. Emmet. Third sparks book, lv 1939 ARC (duplicated) NLB Religious reading. 

Fox, Dr. Emmet. Fourth sparks book, lv 1941 ARC (duplicated) NLB Religious reeding. 

Goldberg, David. Sussman sees it through. 4v JBL 

Mr. Goldberg re-visits his native Russia after a quarter of a century in the 
United States and gives us his appraisal of the Russian-Jewish situation. The 
book is a complete apologia for the aims and methods of the Soviets in the 
matter of religion. 

Gould, M. They got the blame (Scapegoats of history), lv JBL 

Almost throughout recorded time runs the bloody thread of persecution of minor- 
ities-of Jews, Christians, Catholics, Irish - of all "foreigners." But the 
greatest scapegoat of all is, of course, the Jewish people. 

Favilnnd-Taylor, Katharine. Back roads. 7v LC 

Hennessey, D. L. Twenty-five lessons in citizenship, lv Sacramento 

Hill, G. L. Brentwood. 6v Fiction LC Chicago 

Hill, G. L. The Christmas b ride. 6v NLB Fiction 

Hubbard, Lucien. Rivers to the sea. 5v Pittsburgh Fiction 

James, Will. Cowboy in the making; arranged from the first chapter of "Lone Cowboy." 
lv LC 

Jewett, Sarah Orne. Going to Shrewsbury, lv NLB Fiction 

Jewett, Sarah Orne. The guests of Mrs. Timras . lv NLB Fiction 

Kauffman, Ray. Hurricane's wake; around the world on a ketch. 8v LC 

Lattimore, Owen. Mongol journeys. 6v LC 

Lattimore, E. F. The story of Lee Ling, lv 1940 NLB Fiction 

Lee Ling, a shy little Chinese girl, spent her time helping her mother and car- 
ing for her baby sister. She did not go to school, partly because she was too 
shy, partly because her parents were too poor to send her. "When danger 
threatened her little sister Lee Ling overcame her shyness, and as a result, 
was sent to school for a year by the Big Noses (white people). 

Lawes, Lewis E. Meet the murderer. 5v LC 

Lent, H. B. Sixty acres more or lessj The diary of a week-end Vermonter. 2v St. 
Louis, Cincinnati 

Machetanz, Frederick. Panuck, an Eskimo dog. lv 1939 NLB 

McSwigan, Marie. Snow treasure. 2v Pittsburgh Fiction 

Mansfield, N. B. Who rides alone, lv Indianapolis 

Martin, Everett Dean. Philosophical background of current economic and social problems. 
2v Presented to Students' Library of LC 

Mascagni, Pietro. Cavalleria rusticana, with illustrations in music braille and l» 

Pagliaoci, by Ruggiero Leonoavallo, with illustrations in music braille, lv NYPL 

Meat dishes at low cost, published by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, lv 1934 NLB 

Nevins, Allan. This is England today. 3v LC 

Rhoades, Winfred. Meeting the challenge of life. 2v Chicago 

Rowntree, J. I. This problem of food, lv LC 

Ryerson, Florence, and Colin Clements. Winnie Weeks. 1940 NLB Fiction 

Sanchez, Nellie. The life of Mrs. Robert Louis Stevenson. 6v LC 

Seifert, Elizabeth. A great day. 4v LC 

Shoemaker, S. M. Realizing religion, lv Orlando 

Shute, Nevil. Ordeal. 5v Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, NLB Fiction 

The story, which is laid in England, concerns a family whose lives are dis- 
rupted by a new kind of war, with air raids the chief method of destruction. 

Skinner, Cornelia Otis. Soap behind the ears. 2v LC 

Eighteen sketches on various subjects from bicycles and Osoar Levant, to beauty 
salons and the defense of Long Island. Many of the articles have appeared in 
the New Yorker and other periodicals. 

Strachey, John. Digging for Mrs. Miller; some experiences of an air-raid warden. 
2v LC 

Mr, Strachey, author of treatises on economics and socialism, in this new book 
tells the story of his experience as an air-raid warden in London during the 
fall of 1940. The story is told in the third person, in a style that is un- 
sensational and quiet, with only an occasional paragraph of oritioism or 



theorizing on governmental action. 

Thompson, H. W. Body, boots and britches, tales and ballads of up country America. 
13v Albany 

Turnbull, At S. Dear me; a diary. 3v 1941 NLB Fiction 

Author's correspondence, reminiscences, etc., covering time from September, 
1939, to March, 1941 

TTnderhill, Evelyn. Life of the spirit and the life of today. 5v 1922 i T LB Religion 
"Four radio talks which present in simple form the author's ideas on spiritual 
life, objective worship, and communion and co-operation with God." Cleveland 
"Without dogmatism, the fundamental necessities of the Christian life are set 
forth with the effectiveness of simplicity. It is a book that may be read with 
profit. The fact of God's presence, the need for faith and for daily communion 
with the Deity, are emphasized without wearying insistence." Christian Science 

Winslow, J. C. "Thy I believe in the Oxford Group, lv LC 

April 13, 1743 - July 4, 1826 

Thomas Jefferson was one of the most unusual and enigmatic figures in all 
American history. A large landowner, he spent his life fighting the doctrine that the 
new country should have an aristocratic ruling class. With no love for politics, he 
took part in them constantly, against his will. A bad orator and somewhat shy and 
aloof, he nevertheless gave voice to two of the greatest expressions of the American 
ideal, setting forth in the Declaration of Independence and the First Inaugural the 
words the average man thought but could not say. With an undoubted love for the 
people, he built his home away from them, high on a hill, where sometimes he could 
look down on the clouds from his lonely summit. 

He was an inventor, a student and architeot, and in one instance, at least, a 
smuggler, for while in Italy he filled his pockets with rice seeds, reasoning that his 
new America might be able to use them; and in any case it was his job as an Ambassador 
to give it the chance. Kis long public life was a constant struggle between what he 
should do and what he wished to do, which was, of course, to retire to Monticello. He 
was accused of everything, including personal cowardice. At various times he was 
Governor of Virginia, Minister to France, Secretary of State, Vice President, and 
twice President of the United States, but on the stone over his grave he wanted no 
mention of these offices, wishing to be remembered only as the author of the Declara- 
tion and of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom and as the father of the 
University of Virginia. Thus the spokesman for inarticulate America set his own values. 

Editor's note - Books available in the libraries* 

Bowers, Claude G. , Jefferson and Hamilton; the struggle for democracy in 
America. 6v BIA. The late Professor W. E. Dodd who headed the American History De- 
partment, University of Chicago, said of this book: The most interesting book that has 
ever been written about the two greatest antagonists this country has produced. 

Chinard, Gilbert. Thomas Jefferson; the apostle of Americanism. 5v 1929 APF. 
A judicious and simply written study by a Frenchman who shows what French thinkers con- 
tributed to Jefferson's philosophy. 

Morse, J. T. Thomas Jefferson. 5v APH 1917 edition. (American statesmen 





The Soong Sisters, by Emily Hahn, is now available as a Talking Eook in 22 
records and in braille in 4 volumes in the twenty-seven regional libraries. Madame 
Chiang Kai-Shek, perhaps more than any other single woman in China, is responsible for 
the valiant stand of her great Republic against the invader. It was due to her fore- 
sight that schools were built, Chinese women were freed, and an army was forged in 
which 400 million people are now enlisted. The Soong Sisters is the unforgettable 
biography of Madame Chiang and her two famous sisters, and gathers added importance 
as the Far East becomes a vital question in America's destiny. "Incredible because 
it is great - great because it is true I" - New York Times Book Review. 



The BRAILLE MAP-OF-THE-MONTH is published by the Perkins Institution for the 
Blind, Watertown, Mass., and is sent free of charge to any reader upon request. The 
map is prepared with an explanatory article by Edward J. Waterhouse of the Perkins 
staff, describing the outstanding event of the month. It is printed each month during 
the school year by the Howe Memorial Press of Perkins. Back numbers are not available . 

From Twentieth Century Authors 

Davis, Elmer Holmes, American Essayist, novelist and publicist, was born in 
Aurora, Indiana, January 13, 1890, the son of Elam Holmes Davis and Louise Davis. He 
was educated at Franklin College and was a Rhodes Scholar to Queen's College, Oxford. 
In 1909 he taught for a year at the Franklin, Ind., high school. In 1913 and 1914 he 
was on the staff of "Adventure," going from there to "The New York Times," where he re- 
mained for ten years. In 1917 he married Florence MacMillan; they have a son and a 
daughter. In 1924 he left newspaper work for free-lance writing. At the end of 1939 
he was summoned hastily and unexpectedly to "pinch-hit" for H. V. Kaltenborn on the 
radio as war news analyst for the Columbia Broadcasting System. In spite of the fact 
that he has never fully recovered from "mike fright," he became in a few months one of 
the leading broadcasters of the country. His calmness, thoroughness, and pithy 
simplicity won him millions of discriminating listeners who had tired of the alternate 
hysteria and unction of radio's more widely publicized "personality boys." 

Elmer Davis has really led a triple life: he is a successful writer of stories 
for the "slick" magazines and of novels, some light, some serious; he is now a promin- 
ent publicist; and he is a genuine scholar. He is at present on the editorial board of 
the "Saturday Review of Literature," his essays have long been a feature of "Harper's 
Magazine" and he is perhaps the only competent Latin scholar who has ever been a oopular 
story writer for the "Saturday Evening Post" and "Collier's." 

He lives with his family in Mystic, Conn., where his prize possessions are his 
typewriter and "a comfortable chair that looks like hell." He is thick set and square 
shouldered, with white hair and thick black eyebrows over deep-set dark eyes. He says 
that Horace and Catullus (in the original) are his favorite poets, Wagner's Ring Operas 
his favorite music, the Bible his favorite book (he wrote a novel about David, Goliath 
and Joab), and beefsteak his favorite food. His newspaper career began at fourteen, 
when he was printer's devil, at a dollar a week, on the Aurora, Ind., Bulletin. 

His least distinguished writing is in his short stories, which tend to become 
"formula stories"; his most distinguished is in his scholarly, penetrating yet witty 
essays. The Columbia Broadcasting System has perhaps found the most fitting judgment 
on himj his associates there call him "Master of Understatement." 

On June 13, 1942 Elmer Davis was named by President Roosevelt as director of a 
new Office of War Information, with authority over dissemination of practioally all 
offioial news and propaganda. 

Editor's note i "Friends of Mr. Sweeney", a light, entertaining story, is avail- 
able as a Talking Book. It is also in the Jacksonville, Illinois, Library in two 
volumes. "Not To Mention the War" in two volumes is published by the CPH 




Volume 12 

A Guide to Braille and Talking Book Publications 

May, 1943 

Number 5 

Published Monthly, Except September, in Braille and in Mimeographed Form, 

By the 
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15 West 16 Street 
New York City 



Braille Edition Provided by the U. S« Government 
Through the Library of Congress 
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Address all communications to the editor, Lucy A» Goldthwaite 
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Book Announcements 

Press-made Braille Books 

Talking Books 

Religious Books and the War, by Pat Beaird 

From the Mew York Times Book Review 
The Jewish Braille Review Literary Competition, 1943 





Book Announcements 
Press-made Braille Books 


All press-made books here noted are provided by the Federal Government. Copies of 
these government -supplied books are placed in the twenty-seven regional libraries 
which serve the blind. A list of these libraries appears regularly in the January 
and June numbers of this magazine. 

Readers are required to borrow books from the library designated by the Library of 
Congress to serve their respective territories. 

In the lists which follow, the first book notation in every instance should be credit- 
ed to the Book Review Digest unless another source is given. 

Aldrich, Bess Streeter. The lieutenant's lady. 2v 1942 CPH 

The story of the experiences of a young army wife on the Indian frontier seventy- 
jfe five years ago. The story, based on a diary which recorded "innermost thoughts, 
3P daily happenings, and — chiefly, the weather," tells how Linnie Colsworth traveled 
0^ up the Missouri end became the wife of the man her cousin had jilted, how they 

oame to love and trust each other, of the happenings of the winter and finally 
of the hard trip back to civilization. 

Allis, Marguerite. The splendor stays; an historic novel based on the lives of the 
seven Hart sisters of Saybrook, Conn. 6v 1942 APH 

This novel of the first half of the nineteenth century is based on old diaries, 
letters, records, and hearsay, and is about the seven daughters of Captain 
Elisha Hart of Saybrook, Connecticut. Chiefly it is about Ann Hart, who married 
Isaac Hull, captain of the famous frigate Constitution? Elizabeth who married 
Heman Allen, first American minister to Chile? and Jeannette, who almost married 
Simon Bolivar. 

Cannon, Le Grand, Jr. Look to the mountain. 5v 1942 BIA 

Long novel about pioneering in the New Hampshire Grants from 1769 to 1777. The 
chief characters are a young bride and groom who left the settlements to make 
% their home in the wilderness of the Grants. 
^ Davenport, Maroia* The valley of decision, llv 1942 APH 

4r Story of the Scott Iron Works and the family that oirned it --the Old Man, William 

Scott, Clarissa, his wife, their children, grandohildren and great-grandchild 
from the panic of 1873 to Pearl Harbor. The story opens with the coming into 
the family home in Old Allegheny of Mary Rafferty, Irish "tween-maid, " who 
later came to be closest friend, counselor and mainstay of the best among the 

Douglas, Lloyd C. The robe. 7v 1942 BIA 

The story of the family of the Roman Senator whose son was in charge of the 
Crucifixion, who got The Robe of the Galilean and who later went to his own 
death for refusing to recant his Christian belief before Caligula. 

Ford, Leslie, pseudonym. Murder in the OPM. 2v 1942 CPH 

All's well with Leslie Ford's new offering, furnished with double death, civilized 
composition and plenty of talk about price control, requisitioning of supplies 
and likes of that. 

Fox, Emmet. The Lord's prayer, lv ARC (Not provided by the U. S. Government) 

An interpretation. This is a logical explanation of life. This and the follow- 
ing booklets deal with th6 overcoming of personal problems. They have been 
presented to the twenty-seven regional libraries by their author. These writings 
are undenominational. 

Fox, Emmet. Fourth sparks, lv ARC (Not provided by the U. S. Government) 
Short cuts to harmony and success for all. 

Fox, Emmet. Third sparks, lv ARC (Not provided by the U. S. Government) 
Crisp directions for rebuilding your life. 




Front line 1940-41, The official story of the civil defense of Britain. Issued for 
the Ministry of Home Seourity by the Ministry of Information. 2v NIB Braille 
panda #61 (Not provided by the U. S. Governm a nt) 

Here is a story which will .bring memories back to all readers. Written without 
verbiage or rhetoric, it is the plain tale of an intensely dramatic and heroic 
episode in our history. It is a tale of individual effort and performance, a 
narrative of action--of the bombing and what was done about it by men and women— 
and not an account of administration. The Battle of Eritain was the triumph of 
the few; the Battle against the Bombs was the achievement of the meny. 
Frost, Elizabeth H. This side of land. 6v 1942 CPH 

An epic story of life and love on Nantucket in the early 1800 f s. Deborah Macy, 
with her capability and strength, is the most important oerson on Our Isle. She 
nurses the sick, helps the poor, gives judgment on community problems, rides to 
the help of wrecked ships, and manages her house and her children during the 
many absences of her husband. The Macys had been dismissed from meeting by the 
Quakers because they were too lively, but the Quakers and all respected Deborah. 
The whole life of the island ebbs and flows thru the book, which is written in a 
kind of prose poetry. 
Gilbert, Anthony. Courtier to death. 3v NIB Braille panda #63 (Not provided by 
the TT. S. Government) 

London and Paris are the scenes of this exciting story of detection, in which 
a young barrister, a Scotland Yard man and a French detective join in investiga- 
ting the murder of a once celebrated film star sunk to the demi-monde of drug 
addicts. Clever character drawing and a keen sense of atmosphere. 
Grew, Joseph C, Report from Tokyo: a message to the American people, lv 1942 APH 
A collection of former Ambassador Grew's speeches and statements, all stressing 
the point that Japan (like Germany) is seriously bent on universal conquest and 
the establishment of a universal slave state. The Jaos will not colleose and 
nothing less than the total annihilation of their ruling class will bring 
permanent peace in the Pacific. 
Hathaway, D. W., editor. French pronunciation* a beginner's manual. 1943 APH 

(Not provided by the U. S. Government) 
Home, Michael. The house of shade. 3v 1942 APH 

Adventure story, the scene of which is North Africa. Admiral Courasse, a 
Frenchman with an aversion to Vichy, is held in "protective custody" by the 
Nazis, near Tripoli. The only man who can manage his escape is the mysterious 
Englishman, Brice. When Brice discovers that his aviator son has bailed out of 
his plane over Tripoli the battle of wits is on. 
Irving, Washington. The life and voyages of Christopher Columbus. Book III, 3v; 
Book IV, lv APH 

First published in 1828. Irving was for two years attache of our legation in 
Spain and later served as our Minister to Spain. His interest in Spanish 
history inspired four of his greatest works t The life and voyages of Columbus, 
and its sequel, The voyages and discoveries of the companions of Columbus; a 
chronicle of the conquest of Granada; and the Alhambra. He was the first 
American author to win recognition abroad. Irving' s work has more than literary 
merit. It is a history written with judgement and impartiality* 
Johnston, Stanley. Queen of the flat-tops; the U.S.S. Lexington and the Corel Sea 
battle. 3v 1942 BIA 

The complete story of the aircraft carrier Lexington, from her beginnings to the 
dramatio end in the battle of the Coral Sea. The author, a reporter and trained 
naval and aerial engineer, was aboard the Lexington on her last cruise. 
Felland, C. B. Sugarf oot . 2v 1942 CPH 

A tale of early days in Arizona, with, as hero, a young ex-soldier of the 
Confederate army, who goes West to escape carpetbagger reconstruction et home 
and to find new land. 




Kohn, Hans. World order in historical perspective. 3v 1942 APH 

This volume brings to a conclusion the author's series of which the other volumes 
are Force or Reason, Revolutions and Dictatorships, Not by Arm3 Alone. "in this 
book there are really four essays which might be read entirely apart. The first 
is 'Democracy the Way of Man'. ..The second and third essays deal with 'National- 
ism as a Way of Society' and 'Empire as a Way of Mankind. '.. .The last section, 
'Crisis, the Way of Civilization, ' covers a good half of the book. Here is an 
analysis of our present world revolution which is not entirely new but is enor- 
mously astute." 
Lawrence, Josephine. There is today. 3v 1942 CPH 

Story of two young people, who, in the face of war and the certainty of the draft, 
marry and have the hapoiness of a year together in soite of the criticism and 
gossip of neighbors. 
LeBlanc, Doris K. Dear to this heart. 3v 1942 CPH 

Story of home life in a small Mississippi town. The Chesters, John and May, end 
their twin sons, take into their heme a crippled orphaned cousin, John. With love 
and understanding replacing negleot, Jchn becomes a strong and an accented part of 
the family. The lives of the three boys, their parents and friends, are worked 
out from childhood to maturity. 
Lutes, Delia T. Cousin William. 2v 1941 CPH 

A simple story of life in mid-western United States during the eighties. The story 
ef the comings and goings, the feastings and celebrations, of the numerous branch- 
es of the Thompson family, are hung on a thread of reminiscences of Cousin William, 
who had lived for years far away among strangers, but finally came back to live 
near Ms own folks. 
Marsh, Ngaio. A man lay dead. 3v NIB Braille panda #62 (Not provided by the 
U. S. Government) 

Excellently written, this story of detection begins with a "game" of murder at e ccrun 
try houso which ends in real murder. The characterization is good, and there 
are some thrilling scenes in Soho. 
Myers, John M. Out on any limb. 4v 1942 APH 

The adventures in love and war of a roving young man of Elizabethan England. 
Ingram Apnlegarth, only a year out of the university, joins forces with a robust 
company of his countrymen, and finds himself involved in the fortunes of the 
beautiful Marian DfirVintr^ whose father has been murdered and his estates confis- 
Smith, August H. Economics: on introduction to fundamental problems :revised edition. 

6v 1»39 APH (Not provided by the U. S. Government) 
Soern, ". B. The young matriarch. 8v 1942 APH 

Another story of the Rakonitz family, bringing the tale of this international 
Jewish family down to the time of the second World war. 
Stong, Phil. 0ne destiny. 3v 1942 CPH 

A story of an American faro'lv living in Pittsville, Iowa, — of how they heard the 
incredible news of December 7th, and of how each took up his task in his country's 
Tucker, Augusta. The man Miss Susie loved 7v 19-11 APH 

The author of Miss Susie Slagle's has gone back in time to 1866 to tell the story 
of Miss Susie's romance with Christopher Beverly who had served under Stonewall 
Jackson--and much that happened afterward. 
Van Doren, Dorothy. Dacey Hamilton. 3v 1942 CPH 

Character study of a beautiful young woman, the widow of a famous American 
painter. In 1918 Dacey found that her funds were getting too low to support 
her five children, herself, and her mother, so took a position on a literal news- 
paper. The man who found the work for her was a newspaper man on a New York 
paper. The story traces the gradual development of the two principal characters. 
White, William L. Journey for Margaret. 2v 1941 APH 

On a recent trip to England, the author, an American war correspondent, carried 




a memo of private business, "uolook children," as he end his wife wished to 
adopt an English orphan. This book is partly a record of his observations of 
life in England under eir raid conditions, pertly a record of how he found 
three-year-old Margaret and brought her back to America. 

Talking Books 
(These books are provided by the U. S. Government) 

Adamic, Louis. What's your name? 15r 1942 Read by George Walsh APH 

An informal treatise on the subject of European-American surnames; why do some 
immigrants change or Anglicize their names, why do others not do so, and what 
effect does the change or the lack of it have upon their lives and fortunes. 
Borrow, George. Lavengro. 2 pts 40r 1927 Read by Alexander Scourby AFB 

Account of the author's wanderings through the British Isles as a champion of 
religious liberty. He relates his experiences among gypsies and his conversations 
^^ with chance acquaintances. The interest in the narrative is maintained by a 
^P continuous thread of mystery. 

•Carroll, Lewis, pseudonym. Hunting of the snerk. lr Read by House Jameson AFB 
In same container with "1066 end all that, by W. C. Seller and R. J. Yeatman. One 
of the masterpieces of nonsense. It is a story in verse wherein the Bellman, the 
Butcher, the leaver, the Barrister, the Banker, and the Baker seek the snark with 
thimbles and care, and pursue it with forks and hope. 
Chase, Mary Ellen. Windswept. 2pts. 25r 1941 Read by Alexander Scourby AFB 

Windswept, a house on the Maine coast, on a high promontory overlooking the sea, 
is the real core of the story. The ^arstons built the house in the early 1880's 
and thereafter made it the cherished center of their lives. The book is a 
chronicle of the fortunes of the family, their friends and relatives, from before 
the building of Windswept to 1939. 
Dickinson, Emily* Selected poems ; edited by Conrad Aiken. 5r Read by Eva Le 
Gallienne AFB 

In the same container with "1066 and all that", by W. G. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman. 
£ These verses written so many years ago, ere surnrisingly modern in technic and 

tone, and mark her as an imagist whose line is full of melody and whose mood and 
A thought range from the airiest fancy or mocking irrereverence to the themes of 
grief pnd death. 
Doyle, A. Conan. Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. 16r 1922 Read by Colin Keith Johnston 

In grade 2 in all libraries. Contains the following stories: Silver blaze; Yellow 
face; Stockbroker's clerk; The Gloria Scott; Musgrave ritual; Reigate puzzle; 
Crooked man; Resident patient; Greek interpreter; Naval treaty; Final problem. 
Dunsany, Lord. Don Rodriguez; chronicles of Shadow Valley. 14r 1922 Read by 
Alexander Scourby AFB 

This book recounts the gallant and fantastic adventures of Don Rodriguez, and his 
faithful servitor, Moreno, in the latter years of the Golden age in Spain. Gor- 
geous romanticism, into which one may read an elusive allegorical meaning. 
Fisher, Mrs. Dorothy Canfield. Sersoned timber. 2pts 35r 1939 Read by Lauren 
Gilbert AFB 

The theme centers around Timothy Coulton Hulme, principal of a small-town academy 
who finds himself deep in a second-youth love affair. He becomes involved, along 
with his students and the citizens of Windward county, Vermont, in a township 
election which turns on the issue of race prejudice. 
Grayson, David, pseudonym. Under my elm; oountry discoveries and reflections. 12r 
1942 Read by George Patterson APH 

Further essays on the contentment of country living in which the author describes 
his adventures in growing onions and in beekeeping, among his other activities. 
Excerpts from various of the writer's favorite authors, especially Marcus 
Aurelius, are included. 





Housman, Laurence, editor. Stories from the Arabian nights. 6r Read by Don Henry 

In container with "1066 and all that," by W. C. Sellar end R. J. Yeatman. 

Hughes, Richard. High wind in Jamaica. 12r 1929 Read by Lauren Gilbert AFB 

Available in braille. First Dublished in 1929 under title "Innocent voyage." A 
piece of fiction which defies classification but which in its incredible, amusing, 
yet often horrible, story of the sea-wanderings of five children, constitutes a 
devastating criticism of the influences which mold their characters. Awarded the 
Femina Vie Heureuse prize, 1931. 

Fantor, Mac Kin] ay. Gentle Annie, llr 1942 Read by Lauren Gilbert AFB 

A detective story laid in the "wild we at" of Oklahoma in the early 1900's. 

Norchoff, Charles, and Hall, James Norman. Pitcairn's island. 21r 1934 Read by 
Al'.wyn Each AFB 

The last book of the trilogy concerning the mutiny en the Bounty. Tells the story 
of what befell a leader of the mutineers from 17C9 to 1808 on a lonely, uncharted 
island, Top8z, 1000 miles south of Tahiti. 

Sellar. W. C, and R. J. Yeatman. 1066 and all that. 5r 1932 Read by Anthony K. 
Cooper AFB 

In container with Stories from the Arabian nights, edited by Laurence Kousman 
A satirical history of England, beginning with "the first date in English history 
is 55 B. n." and continuing up to the oeriod after World War I, known as "the 
peace to end peace." A memorable history; comprising all the parts you can re- 
member including 103 good things, five bad kings, and two genuine dates. 

Shridharani, Krishnalal. My India, my America. 2pts 35r 1941 Read by Alexander 
Scourby AFB 

In grade 2 in all libraries. Partial contents; My boyhood in India; Discovering 
America; Hindus are human beings; Becoming Americanized; Grand old Mother India; 
Modern Mother India; Hindu mind; Reflections on non-violence; Gandhi; Khan; Nehru; 
Tagore; India; America, and the war; Near Eastern neighbors; Far Eastern friends. 

Hand-copied Books 

(A partial list of recent additions. Our information is not complete in regard to 
the location of hand-copied books. Unless otherwise noted, these books are in grade 

Fiske, Jessie G. An introduction to botany, State Seed Analyst, N.J. Agricultural 
Experiment Station, for the Radio Garden Club, lv 1940 ARC (Garin process) 

Hill, Grace L. The witness. 6v NLB Fiction 

Mc G raw, L. H. Shining after rain. 4v Richmond 

Oxenham, John. The hidden years. Sacramento (Woman's Auxiliary to the National 

"A unique book whioh seeks to tell the story of the early years of Christ which 
are not mentioned in the Bible. It pictures a human, boyish Jesus, as seen through 
the adoring eyes of his boyhood friend and neighbor. His preeching, crucifixion 
and resurrection have a minor but dramatic part in the story." Standard catalog 

Stewart, Eishpp. The face of Christ. Sacraments (Woman's Auxiliary to the National 

Stewart, Bishop. Six altars. Sacramento (Woman's Auxilary to the National Council) 
Religious reading. 

White, W. L. They were expendable, lv 1942 Grade 2 Portland 

Toroodo boat squadron writes flaming history in the defense of the Philippines. 




From the New York Times Book Review 


Sergeants kneel and pray under fire and testify thet"there are no etheists in 
foxholes." Shipwrecked sailors and aviators float for weeks without food or water, 
reading testaments, and later thank God openly and unashamed for a superior feith 
which sustained them. 

This sudden interest in spiritual things is not confined to men in active com- 
bat. It extends all the way back through training camps to parents and friends and 
through them it touches in some manner almost every individual. In most communities 
churches are filled in spite of gasoline rationing; church budgets are comfortably met; 
and religious books are being bought and read in astounding numbers. 

A trend in this direction is expected in a democracy at war where religious 
freedom is considered worth fighting for. It occurred in World War I and in other wars 
before that. But we are seeing many moreevidences of it now than in the last war, 
both at home and abroad. 

Young men rushed into World War I as a lark and an adventure. They were confident 
the job could be done quickly and decisively. Today they know the struggle may be long 
and costly and even the youngest and most daring do not discount the dangers ahead. 
They are more realistic than their fathers of the first world war, give more thought to 
religion and are asking for and receiving more religious books. 

They want books containing brief devotional messages with short prayers end 
scripture references. One such book written especially for them containing a year's 
supply of daily devotionals has sold almost a half-million in eight months. One 
quarterly nublication of this nature has a circulation of over 1,500,000, nearly half 
going to men in the service. Prayer books and the so-called "sherter" Bibles are 
eagerly sought after. The government supplies some Testaments, but the men must pur- 
chase the more desirable devotional books or depend upon their family or friends. 

Many churches supply these books to members in service. Some civic clubs, 
American Legion posts, fraternal orders and business firms send them to former members 
and employes. Yet the demand grows faster than the supoly. 

The demand for religious books on the home frorfc is more significant perhaDS be- 
cause it receives little publicity, and its prooortions are seldom recognized, recks 
to strengthen personal faith are the vogue, as with the boys in the service. 

The small towns at present are showing the greatest revival of interest in rei 
ligious books and literature, especially in the South and Southwest. These sections 
have always consumed more religious books than the Eastern and Western States. Penn- 
sylvania is an interesting exception, for it is one of the most eager for religious 

Larger cities in crowded war industry are having a healthy increased demand for 
religious books, especially the devotional self-help type. This is due somewhet to 
population increases end enhanced buying power. But much of it comes from harassed 
workers, many of whom are separated from family and friends and normal church ties. 

Library demand is increasing, but the books most sought after are not generally 
found in libraries. They are books designed to be read in snail doses, usually in 
quiet moments at home, during the lunch hour, or while commuting. 

We can be sure that Americans are seeking help from the fundament&ls of personal 
religious faith as never before. They will continue to do so in increasing numbers. 
Casualty lists will grow. The strain of long hours at high-speed production will 
affect us more and more. Worry about disrupted business and home life, shortages of 
necessities and lower living standards will take their toll in civilian morale. 

That is why religious books are becoming recognized as important to a sustained 
total war effort. The Council on Books in Wartime, aided by a publishing industry 
eager to assist in prosecuting the war and maintaining morale, has given this recog- 

The National Conference of Christians and Jews initiated end is conducting 9 
national religious book week. Newspapers and magazines are giving more space to re- 
views of religious books. Since a national weekly reports service men's expressed 





preference for more religious radio programs, the broadcasting companies are preview- 
ing them* A national organization whose usual stock-in-trade is advice on business 
problems and economic matters recently gave this advice to its several thousand 
subscribers, mostly executive heads of the nation's leading business houses: 

"Worry cannot be curbed just by taking a vitamin pill. And it is only temporar- 
ily relieved - not cured - by pleasurable diversions or amusements. The best known 
cure ^or worry is a strong religious faith - for those who have such a faith or can 
acquire it*" 

Surely, books which help to build that faith are performing an increasingly im- 
portant role in helping to win this war and will provide a sound understanding of 
human weakness and human values without which we may lose the opportunity for a just 
and Inching peace* 

Mr* Beaird is Chairman of the Religious Book Committee of the Council on Books 
in Wartime • 

Religious Reading: Braille 

Adler, Felix. An ethical philosophy of life presented in its main outline. 6v NYPL 

Adler, Felix. The religion of duty. 2v NYPL 

Augustine, Saint. The oonfessions of St. Augustine. 4v BIA 

Baldwin, F. C. The homing instinct, lv NYPL 

Barton, Bruce. The book nobody knows. 4v NYPL 

Bai'ton, Bruce. What can a man believe? 2v APH 

Bates, B. S. American faith; its religious, political and economic foundations. 

5v CPH 
A bock of devotion for women and girls compiled by Ada Loaring Clark, lv ARC 
Bible. Old Testament. The story of the Apocrypha; translated by Edgar J. Godspeed. 

lv APH 
Book of Common Prayer. Collects, Epistles, and Gospels and the Service of Holy 

Communion. 2v APH 
Breasted, J. H. The dawn of conscience. 4v BIA 
Brown, John. The history of the English Bible, lv NIB 
Browne, Sir Thomas. Hydriotaphia; or, Urn buriol. lv NIB 
Browne, Sir Thomas. Religio medici. lv NIB 
Dewey, John. A common faith, lv NYPL 

"iacipleship compiled from the leaflets of The class in personal religion, The 
Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston, Mass. lv APH 
Drummond, Henry. Addresses. 3v ARC 
Fosdick, H. E. As I see religion, lv CPH 
Fosdick, H. E. The hope of the world; twenty-five sermons on Christianity today. 4v 

Fosdick, F. E. The power to see it through, lv NYPL 
Glover, T. R. The world of the New Testament. 2v AJT3 
Grenfell, W. T. What Christ means to me. lv NYPL 
Jnmes, William. The varieties of religious experience; a study in human nature. 5v 

Jones, R. M. Pathways to the reality of God. 2v ABB 
Keller. Helen. Let us have faith, lv .ABH 
Lawrence, Brother. The practice of the presence of God;being conversations and letters 

of Brother Lawrence, lv NYPL 
Link, F. C- The return to religion, lv BMP 
Living philosophies, by Albert Einstein and others. 3v APH 
MoKee, E. KcN« What use is religion. 2v BIA 

Martin, A»W« Comparative religion and the religion of the future. 2v NYPL 
Noyes, Alfred. The unknown God. 3v NIB 
Osier, William. Science and immortality, lv ABB 



Parsons, E. L« What is the Christian religion? lv APH 

Schweitzer, Albert. The forest hospital at Lambarene. lv CPH 

Sockman, R. W. Live for tomorrow, lv APH 

Thomas a Kempis. Of the Imitation of Christ. 2v Xavier Society for the Blind 

Barton, Bruce. The man nobody knows; a discovery of Jesus. 3v ARC 

Dickens, Charles. The life of our Lord; written for his children lv APH 

Morton, H. C. V. Women of the Bible, lv HMP 

Newman, Cardinal. The dream of Gerontius* lv NIB 

Religious Reading: Talking Books 

Browne, Lewis. This believing world? a simple account of the great religions of 
mankind. 16r AFB 

By an unknown disciple. lOr AFB 

Caiger, S. L. Bible and spade; an introduction to Biblical archaeology, llr AFE 

Fosdick, F. E. The secret of victorious living. 18r AFB 

Frazer, Sir J. G. Leaves from the Golden bough, culled by Lady Frazer. llr AFB 
With, The greatest thing in the world, by Henry Drummond. 2r, and 
Modern traits in old Greek life, by C. B. Gulick. 6r AFB 

Glover, T. R. The world of the New Testament, llr APH 

Gore, Charles. Jesus of Nazareth. lOr AFB 

Morton, H. C. V. Women of the Bible. 7r APH 

Keller, Helen. Let us have faith. 3r AFB 

Swedenborg, Emanuel. Swed«nborg's true Christian religion. 6r AFB (Gift of the 
Swedenborg Foundation) 


In order to stimulate and encourage the writing talent of the blind of all 
faiths. The Jewish Braille Review will this year conduct its third annual literery 
competition, consisting of two separate projects: poetry; prose writing. The con- 
testants for prizes in poetry may write on a subject of their own choosing in any of 
the smaller forms, up to 32 lines for each piece. Contestants may submit as many as 
three poems. 

Instead of a short story assignment, as in farmer competitions, contestants for 
prizes in prose writing ore asked to submit an authentic autobiographical sketch 
covering the most significant chapter in the writer's own life dealing m th his 
"adjustment to blindness." Such sketches should be written in relation to the writer's 
own impact with the problem of blindness under the following seven separate headings: 
blindness at birth or soon after; blindness in early childhood; in adolescence; in 
adult life before the age of 40; in the deoades after 40; the double hendicap - blind* 
ness and deafness; war-blindness. 

Awards of $25, $15, and $10 will be given as first, second and third prizes in 
each of the two separate projects. Duplicate second and third prizes will be given to 
contestants for poems or sketches of sufficient worth to deserve suoh consideration. 

In addition to the cash prizes, a gold medal known as The Helen Kellsr Medal 
for Literary Excellence will this year be awarded to the first prise winner in the 
prose writing section of the competition. 

Entries in Spanish and Portuguese will be judged by a special committee which 
will recommend the most promising of these for translation. Because of the obvious 
difficulty of adequately translating Spanish and Portuguese poetry into English, the 
South American competition will, of necessity, be restricted to prose sketohes. 








The announcement of the final awards will te made in the December issue of 
The Jewish Braille Review; thereafter, in the leading Braille magazines, as well as 
in the general press. 

Professor Bewster, of Columbia University, who will serve on our Prose Commitee 
offers the following suggestions: "A balance of interest should be preserved between 
image and idea: that is, between the vivid narrative and sensory aspects of the 
experience (image), and the interpretation, the meaning, the lessons of the experience 
(idea). The writer should communicate the feeling and the meaning, the happenings and 
their significance in a pattern that is balanced and complete. The writer, as a guide 
to what to put in and what to leave out, should always remember that he is supposed to 
be addressing readers who have not had his special experience. 

Rules of the Competition 

1. All manuscripts must be recei'Ved by the editor oi The Jewish Braille Review on 
or before September 15, 1943. 

2. Prose sketches should contain between three and four thousand words. 

3. Typewritten manuscripts, double spaced on one side of the paper only, are greatly 
preferred. However, carefully written braille manuscripts will be accepted from con- 
testants, who do not have access to a typewriter. Only if specifically requested will 
manuscripts be returned to the writers. 

4. Manuscripts must be signed by pen name only. It is recommended that contestants 
who submitted manuscripts in last year's competition select new pen names. A sealed 
envelope containing the full name and address, as well as the corresponding pen name 
of the author, must be enclosed with each manuscript. 

5. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement signed by an executive of a 
braille library, welfare organization for the blind, or clergyman of the community 
where the contestant resides, cejfcifying that the name given in the sealed envelope 
is that of the author; also that the author is blind. Contestants who are regular 
readers of the Jewish Braille Review and those who participated in earlier competitions 
need not furnish this information. 

6. Because of the hazards involved, it is suggested that overseas contestants send 
their manuscripts in duplicate: if possible, one by air mail and the other by regular 

7. All manuscripts for the competition must be addressed to, Jewish Braille Review 
Literary Competition, Box 36, New York, N. Y« 




Volume 12 

A Guide to Braille and Talking Book Publications 

June 1943 

Number 6 

Published Monthly, Except August, in Braille and Mimeographed Form 

By the 
American Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 
15 West 16 Street 
New York 11, N.Y. 

Braille Edition Provided by the U. S. Government 

Through the Library of Congress 


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Address all communications to the editor, Lucy A. Goldthwaite 
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Book Announcements 

Press-mode Braille Books 
Talking Books 
Hand-copied Books 

Change of Address 

Lloyd Douglas: A Biographical Sketch 

List of Books on Law, with List of Libraries 
Circulating Low Books 

List of Libraries Giving Territory of Each 

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Book Announcements 
Press-made Braille Books 

All press-made books here noted are provided by the Federal Government* Copies of 
foe so government -supplied books are placed in tho twenty-seven regional libraries v/hich 
i -'. fa the blind. A list of thoso libraries appears regularly in the January and June 
nmibers of this magazine. 

3d3rs are required to borrow books from the library designated by the Library of Con- 
gress to serve their respeotive territories. 

In the lists which follow, the first book notr.tion in every instance should be credited 
to the Book Review Digest unless another source is given. 

Benet, Stephen Vincent. Selected works: poetry. 6v 1942 BIA 

Contains all of John Brown's Body, and selections from the author's other publish- 
ed ballads and verse. I salute (Benet) for his prescience of the coming war. In 
poems like his Ode to the Austrian Socialists and Nightmare at Noon he spoke out 
with the cold steel anger of a man aroused. 

Benet, Stephen Vincent* Selected works t prose. 6v 1942 BIA 

Contains all of his stories of American history, and selections from his other 

prose works. The short stories in three groups, "Stories of American History," 

"Tales of our Time" and "Fantasies and Prophecies," with a long short story, 

"Spanish Bayonet," show a mellow approach, a perspective and sense of proportion, 

end an awareness of humanity which are prerequisite to good writing. The flavor 

and the humor are American. Of the tales with American history for background, 

"The Devil and Daniel Webster" is outstanding. In the "Fantasies and Prophecies" 

group, "The Kin- of Cats" affords considerable delight, if not as much mystery as 

its beginning promises. 
Blankenship, Russell. And there were men. 3v 1942 APH 

Informal hist cry of tho Pacific Northwest Largely devoted to sketches of "interesting , 
if not altogether virtuous, men" who flourished there during the middle years of 
the nineteenth century. 
Gilligan, Edmund. The gaunt woman. 3v 1942, 1943 APH 

The "Gaunt Woman" was a mysterious vessel sighted by Gloucester fishermen on the 
Newfoundland banks. This is the story of how she came to her end through tho 
courageous daring of Patrick Bannon, skipper of the "Daniel Webster," out on his 
last fishing trip before he joined tho Navy in the open fight against the Nazij. 
Goudge, Elizabeth. The blue hills. 2v 1942 CPH 

Sequel to the author's City of bells. Hugh Anthony, grandson of one of Torminster 
Cathedral's canons, wanted a very special birthday picnic in the hills above the 
town. Everyone invited wo6 to make a wish, and everyone did. The outcome of 
those wishes made a very exciting day for Hugh Anthony, his friend Henrietta, the 
dean of Torminster and several others. 
Harrison, G.B. Introducing Shakespeare. 2v Panda #64 NIB (Not provided by the U.S. 

Shakespeare is always topical, and here is the latest book on him, giving the 
"stop press" information on his life and work and telling what modern Shakes- 
pearian scholars and critics are doing. This little book is the ideal "key" to 
'Shakespeare for the million," absorbingly enticing the reader to the plays and 
poems themselves. 
Harte, Bret. High-water mark, lv HMP (Not provided by the U.S. Government) 

Although Bret Harte was born in the East and spent most of his life there and in 
Europe, his seventeen years of residence in California have associated him most 
closely with that state. He is always counted as a Western writer and the 
scenes of all his successful stories are laid in the West. 
Harte, Bret. A lonely ride; and, A boy's dog. lv HMP (Not provided by the U.S. 
Government ) 



Irish, William, pseudonym. Phantom lady. 3v 1942 BIA 

Detective story. "Despite occasional improbabilities, the yarn is highly original 
and the ending packs real wallop. Very good." 

Josephson, Matthew. Victor Hugo; a realistic biography of the great romantic. 8v 
1942 CPH 

Full length, comprehensive biography of the groat French writer of the nineteenth 
century. The author covers in detail Hugo's personal life, his work as poet and 
novelist, and his political career. 

Mears, Helen. Year of the wild boar; an American woman in Japan* 3v 1942 BIA 

In Japanese terminology 1935 was the "year of the boar." During that year Miss 
Mears, an American journalist, lived in Tokyo with an English friend. Her ob- 
servations on the ways of life among the Japanese middle and lower classes are 
here recorded. 

Noyes, Alfred. The edge of the abyss, lv 1942 APH 

Much of the oontent of this book was originally part of lectures delivered at 
Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick. Herein the English poet 
and man of letters has attempted to analyze the causes of the present disaster, 
finding them rooted in the economic, political, literary and ethical degradation 
of Western civilization which has followed the denial of the sterner Christian 

Seghers, Anna. The seventh cross, translated from the German by James A. Galston. 4v 
1942 BIA 

"The story is mainly George Heisler's, the young workers' delegate who, with six 
others, escaped one day from the concentration camp at Westhofen. But together 
with George *s story it is the story of Wallau, whom George revered and loved as a 
leader and friend, and the story of a hidden, scattered army of men who fight 
their common enemy, the German State, without guns or bullets." 

Turnbull, Agnes Sligh. The day must dawn. 4v 1942 APH 

A tale of Revolutionary days in a small western Pennsylvania town. The chief 
characters are Sam Murray and his wife, Martha; their adopted son, Hugh McConnell; 
and their daughter, Violet. Thru their experiences and thoughts are depicted the 
pastimes and labors of a frontier community, over-shadowed by the constant fear of 
Indian attacks. 

Yeats-Brown, F. Pageant of India. 2v 1942 BIA 

Brief, popular history of India from pre-historic times to 1942, by the author of 
Lives of a Bengal Lancer. 

Hand-copied Books 

( A partial list of recent additions. Our information is not complete in regard to the 
location of hand-copied books. Unless otherwise noted, these books are in grade I2 ) 

Becker, May Lamberton. Introducing Charles Dickens. 3v 1940 NYPL 

The only excuse for one more (biography of Dickens) is that as each generation dis- 
covers Dickens for itself, there are young Americans who have not yet discovered 
Dickens. It draws more freely upon his own letters than upon any other source. 
It depends otherwise upon people who saw him, listened to him, laughed with him, 
and wrote down how he looked and acted and spoke. 

Brand, Max. Secret of Dr. Kildare. 3v 1939 NLB Sacramento, Philadelphia 

Mystery story. The adventures of Dr. Kildare have had success on the screen. Thi< 
new novel marks their first appearance in the book form. 

Fairchild, D. G. The world was my garden. 12v 1939 NLB Philadelphia 

Autobiography of the well-known botanist and plant explorer, Dr. David Fairchild, 
who from 1906 to 1928 was head of the Division of foreign plant and exploration mm 
introduction of the United States Department of Agriculture. It is filled with 
tales of his explorations all over the world in search of exotic fruits and flowers 
of their introduction into the United States, and of his wide circle of friends. 




Fearn, A. W. My days of strength. 6v 1939 NLB Clevelcn d Cincinnati Philadelphia 
A -woman doctor's account of her forty years in China, helping to break down 
anoient prejudices against modern medical methods. In Shanghai, she established 
the Fearn Sanitorium, lived thru the Boxer rebellion, the Revolution of 1911 and 
the constant encroachment of Japan. 

Crannied with the dramatic episodes one associate b with the life of an adventurous 
physician and also with China; the fact that Dr. Fearn's life has embraced both 
gives the story double measure. It is of more usual interest both as the 
record of the life of an unusual woman and an insider's chronicle of a vast and 
changing country. 

Field, Raohel. All through the night; a Christmas story. 1941 MYPL 

A little book, "Stooking Size," retelling the story of the first Christmas Eve as 
it seemed to the animals in the stable at Bethlehem. In same volume with "The 
Well of the Star," by Elizabeth Goudge. 

Foster, Michael. American dream. lOv 1937 Philadelphia 

Driven to desperation by the sordid materialism surrounding him, a disillusioned 
young newspaper man takes his family to a remote small town to begin life again. 
In old family papers he learns something of the history of his father and grand- 
father, and finds that they too, in pursuit of a vague dream and an elusive ideal, 
escaped from their hampering environment and sought freedom. Not wholly convincing 
and necessarily disconnected, but suggestive of the romantic aspirations that con- 
tributed to the building of America. 

Goudge, Elizabeth. The well of the sterj a Christmas story. 1941 NYPL Cleveland 
Story of a little shepherd boy. living on the hills above Bethlehem, who on the 
first Christmas attempts to reach the Well of tho Star, so that he may pray for 
his family. In same volume with "All Through the Night," by Rachel Field. 

Hohman, Leslie D. As the twig is bent. 4v 1939 NYPL 

The assooiate professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins medical school discusses 
the effeot in later life of good and bad habits formed in childhood, "in general, 
he represents o reaction against many of the theories of free development thtt 
have been prevalent, and advocates more discipline, more formal training, and more 
work and responsibility for children." 

Lindbergh, Anne. Listen! the wind. 4v 1938 APH Sacramento Carbondale Chicago 

Tbe story of a survey flight around the North Atlantic Ocean in 1933. It is a truo 
and accurate aocount of various incidents which occurred in flying from Africa to 
' South America. The purpose of the flight was to study the air routes between 
America and Europe." 

Mrs. Lindbergh writes well. There are scenes in *'Listenl the Wind' which, for 
closeness to the quick of character and experience, are worthy of a first-rate 
novelist. Mrs. Lindbergh's books, quite apart from their value as aeronautical 
history, are small works of art. 

Marquand, J. P. The late George Apley 8v LC NLB, NYPL, Philadelphia 

The supposed author of this novel in the form of a memoir is one Horatio Willing, 
who has been requested by the son of George Apley to write his father's biography. 
George Apley was a member of an old Boston family, resident upon Beacon Hill for 
many years. The span of his life ended in 1933 at the age of sixty-six. From 
family notes and letters, supplemented by his own memoirs, Horatio Willing builds 
up the picture of an age, a class, a locality in his story of the life of George 
Meade, Julian R. Bouquets and bitters; a gardener's medley. 4v 1940 NYPL 

Excerpts from the author's garden diary for the space of a year, during which time 
he visited gardens of distinguished persons from Mai no to Hollywood. The book is 
spiced with wit and philosophy about both gardens and personalities. 

Murrow, Ed. This is London. 4v 1941 Philadelphia, NYPL 

Selections from the author's radio broadcasts from London over the period August 
28, 1939, to December 31, 1940, with an epilog dated March 9, 1941. The author 
has headed the European bureau of the Columbia Broadcasting system since May, 1937 
maintaining headquarters in London. 



O'Sullivan, Maurice. Twenty years a-growing. 5v 1933 Philadelphia Available in all 

The simple, unaffected tale of a boy's growing up on one of the Blasket islands 
off the west coast of Ireland, written with the native charm of Irish speeoh. 
Boyish pranks, country pastimes, story telling, mackerel fishing, wakes and wedd* 
ings, departures for America and elsewhere are its substance. 

Paoe, M. M. Clara Barton. 2v 1941 Columbus, Philadelphia 

This biography for young people tells the story .of Clara Barton, her early years, 
her work with the soldiers in the Civil war, and finally her part in the formation 
of the American Red Cross. 

Richter, Conrad. The trees. 4v 1940 BIA NLR Available as a Talking Book. Chicago, 
New York Guild, Philadelphia 

American pioneer life in the wilderness at the beginning of the 19th century is 
the theme of this tale of a wild, woodsfaring family, the Lucketts, mother and 
father and five children, who always move on into further wilderness when their 
isolation is threatened. 

Rorick, Isabel Scott. Mr. and Mrs. Cugat; the record of a happy marriage. 3v 1937-4C 
FYPL, Chicago, NLB 

The Cugats were young, wealthy and congenial, and the episodes of their married 
life told in these ...stories are happy ones* There were, nevertheless, occasional 
differences of opinion over Mr. Cugat 1 s business associates who must be entertain- 
ed, and over Mrs. Cugat f s inability to add or subtract. 

Strachey, John. Digging for Mrs. Miller; some experiences of an air raid warden. 2v 

Mr. Strachey, author of treatises on economios and socialism, in this new book 
tells the story of his experiences as an air raid warden in London during the 
fall of 1940. The stcry is told in the third person, in a style that is unsen- 
sational and quiet, with only an occasional paragraph of criticism or theorizing 
on governmental aotion. 

Tarkington, Booth. The heritage of Hatcher Ido. 5v 1941 CPH, Philadelphia 

The scene is a city in the Middle West and the theme the changes which came to old, 
solid families, the "Best People," as a result of the war and the depression. 

Taylor, George E. America in the new Pacific. 2v NYPL 

The author is an expert on Far Eastern affairs who has lived, taught, and travel- 
ed in the Orient. This book is an analysis of the reasons for our war vith Japan, 
and a study of the differing philosophies of East and West. Contents: Our 
struggle with Japan; America in Asia; The United States--a Pacific power; Japan-a 
planned empire; Western empires and subject peoples; China as an ally; Asia for 
Tucker, Augusta. Miss Susie Slagle's. 8v Also press-brailled by APH. LC, Phila- 

For 27 years Miss Susie kept a boarding house near Johns Hopkins and mothered the 
medical students of two generations. This is the story of one group, hardworking 
earnest students, somewhat ribald, but sentimental about Miss Susie and awed by 
the great men who were making medical history. The time is the (First) World 
war period, and the novel is dated, but it will please readers who enjoy details 
of operations, accidents, and autopsies, lightened by several romances. 

Williams, B. A. The thread of scarlet. 7v Also press-brailled by APH. Phi la del phi:. 
Nantucket during the War of 1812 is the scene of this novel featuring a great seo 
fight between a British frigate and an American privateer. 

Talking Books 
(These books are provided by the U. S. Government) 

Chesterton, G. K. Charles Dickens, a critical study; foreword by Alexander Woollcott. 
16r 1942 Read by Alexander Woollcott and John Knight. AFB 
Sympathetic study in biography and criticism, written with Mr. Chesterton's 
accustomed vigor and delight in paradox and the trenchant phrase. 






Oechsner, Frederick, and others. This is the enemy. 22r 1942 Read by Hugh Sutton. 

Represents the combined efforts of five American correspondents, Mr. Oechsner, and 
four of his assistants in the Berlin office of the United Press. The book written 
while they were interned at Bad Nauheim in Germany, after Pearl Harbor. Each one 
covers the subject he knows best, and it adds up to a survey of Germany at war. 
The book is divided into four sections i War, the men who made it; The technique 
of war; The war in Germany; The war abroad. A few of the sections have appeared 
in daily newspapers. 

Saint Exupery, Antoine de. Flight to Arras; translated by Lewis Galantiere. 16r 1942 
Read by Horace Braham. AFB 

On one of the last days in May, 1940, Captain Antoine de Saint-Exupery, with 
observer and gunner, was sent out on a reconnaissance flight over the German linet 
around the already burning town of Arras. The three men made one of the French 
Army's total equipment of fifty reconnaissance crews and one in twenty-three of 
its own group unit; but seventeen of the twenty-three had been destroyed in the 
past three weeks, and the proportion of safe returns from sortie flights averaged 
one in three when they were easy. 

Stowe, Harriet. Uncle Tom's cabin. 2 pts. 35r Read by Livingston Gilbert. APH 

Story of plantation life before the Civil War. One of the most famous of 'timely' 
books* It was not half true, it was written with passion and prejudice, end it 
accomplished what all the cool, judicial statements in the world would have failed 

Change in Date of Publication 

Hereafter the Braille Book Review will be published in September, and there will be 
no August number. 

Change of Address 

In accordance with the now zoning system, all communications to the Editor should be 
addressed, c/o American Foundation for the Blind, 15 West 16 Street, New York 11, N.Y. 

Lloyd C. Douglas 
From "Twentieth Century Authors." 

Douglas, Lloyd Cassel - August 27, 1877. American novelist, was born at 
Columbia City, Ind., the son of the Rev. Alexander Jackson Douglas (loter a physician) 
and Sarah Jane (Cassel) Douglas. He was educated at Wittenberg College, Springfield, 
Ohio i then went to Hamma Divinity School* He was ordained as a Lutheran minister, and 
became pastor of Zion Church, North Manchester Ind. In 1904 he was married to Bessie 
lo Poroh; they have two daughters. 

The next year ho moved to the First Church, Lancaster, Ohio, and in 1908 to 
the Lutheran Memorial Church, Washington, D.C. While there he was chaplain of the 
First Infantry, District of Columbia. From 1911 to 1915 he was director of religious 
work at the University of Illinois, then became minister of the First Congregational 
Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he stayed until 1921. From 1921 until 1926 he 
was at the First Church in Akron, Ohio, from 1926 to 1929 at the First Church in Los 
Afigelas, from 1929 to 1933 at St. James United Church, Montreal. He then retired 
from the ministry and now devotes all his time to writing. 

Mr. Douglas' first books were entirely of a religious or inspirational 
nature. He was in the midst of a series of lectures on "personality expansion" when, 
at over fifty, he suddenly wrote his first novel, "Magnificent Obsession." No one was 
more surprised than he at its immense success, or at that of his next novel, "Forgive 
Us Our Trespasses." He said modestly: "Most reviewers are agreed that the author 
has done a clumsy piece of work, and wonder that the thing is read... 




They are a pair of old fashioned novels in which the characters are tiresomely decent 
and everything turns out happily in the end," 

Since then Mr. Douglas has added several more novels to the list. All ere of 
the same nature, and all are enormously popular, both as books and, in most cases, es 
screen plays later on. 

To the editors of this volume he writes i "if my novels are entertaining I 
a» glad, but they are not written so much for the purpose of entertainment as of in- 
spiration. There are many people who realize their great need of ethical and spiritual 
counsel, but are unwilling to look for it in a serious homily or didactic essay. It has 
been my belief that many such persons can be successfully approached by a novel, off err- 
ing in a form palatable to them the inspiration they seek. 

"Looking back over the novels of the past half century that have contrived to 
outlive the decade in which they were published, o ne is impressed by the very consider- 
able number of stories which have endured because of their moral purpose rather than 
their literary workmanship. 

"There will always be room for the 'purpose novel,' and aspiring young writers 
will do well to consider the importance of the school of fiction that is more concerned 
with healing bruised spirits than winning the applause of the critics." 

Among this author's books the following are in braille 

Disputed Passage 4v BIA 

Doctor Hudson's Secret Journal 2v CPH 

Forgive us our trespasses 8v Denver, Sacramento, Detroit, L.C. 

The green light CPH 

Home for Christmas lv Cincinnati, Sacramento, Philadelphia, 

N. Y. Guild, Chicago 
Invitation to live 5v Chicago LC 
Magnificent Obsession 5v ARC 
Precious Jeopardy Dallas, Jacksonville, Oklahoma City, Seattle, 

Chisago, 3t. Louis 
The Robe 7v BIA 
White Banners APH 

Talking Books 
Green Light 19r APH 
Magnificent Obsession 14r AFB 

BOOKS ON LAW (By request) 

Anson, Sir W.W. Principles of the law of contract; edited with American notes by Arthur 

Corbin. lOv 
Atkinson, T.E. Handbook of the law of wills and administration of descedents' estates 

including principles of intestate succession. 15v 
Bays, A.W« Business law; an elementary treatise. 3v 
Beveridge, A. J. The life of John Marshall. 24v 
Brown, R.A. A treatise on the law of personal property. 15v 
Clark, C. B. Handbook of the law of personal property. 15v 
Frankfurter, Felix. Law and politics, occasional papers of Felix Frankfurter, 1913-1953; 

edited by Archibald MaoLaish and E. F. Priohard, with a foreword by Mr. MacLeish. 

Goodrich, H. F. Handbook on conflict of laws 8v 
Harper, F. V. A treatise on the law of torts; preliminary treatise on civil liability 

for harms to legally protected. 14v 
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr. The common law. 13v Chicago 
Huffcutt, E. W, The elements of business law; with illustrative examples and problems-, 

revised by George Gleason Bogert» 5v 
Ilbert, C. P, Parliament, its history, constitution and practice. 2v 
Irwin, R. B., and E. C. McKay. Blind relief laws, their theory and practice. 2v 


Jenks, Edward. The book of English law. lOv NYPL 

Jenks., Edward. The law of the land; broadcast talks, 1932, from London. 

Luntj D. C. The mad to the law. 2v 

Marshall, F. W. The layman's legal guide to essential laws. 5v 

Madden, J.W. Handbook of the law of persons and domestic relations. 14v 

Mechem, F.R. Elements of the law of partnership. 9v 

Miller, Justin. Handbook of criminal law. llv 

Morgan, E. M. Introduction to the study of law. 2v 

Mortenson, Ernest. You be the judge. 5v 

Notes on law made by a law student taking year work at the Fordham Law School. NYPL 
Vols. 1-4, Personal property; Vols. 1-4, Contracts; Vols. 1-2, Real property; 
Vols. 1-4, Criminal law. 

Ogden, J. M. The law of negotiable instruments; including promissory notes, bills of 
exchange, bank checks and other commercial paper with forms of pleading, trial 
evidence and trial procedure, llv 

Patterson, E. W. Essentials of insurance law; and outline of legal doctrines in their 
relations to insurance practices. 6v 

Peters, P. B., and D. A. Pomeroy. Commercial law applied to the problems of the in- 
dividual, business and society. 7v 

Shipman, B. J. Handbook of common-law pleading. Third edition. 12v 

W^lsh, W. F. A treatise on equity. lOv 

Walsh, W. F. A treatise on mortgages. 7v 

White, E. J. Legal traditions and other papers. 4v 

Wigmore, J. H. A panorama of the world's legal systems. 1928-1936. 8v 

Wigmore, J. H. A student's textbook of the law of evidence. 8v 















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Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, 
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Distributing Library 

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Wotertown, Mass. 

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Free Library of Philadelphia, 
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Library of Congress, Washington, 
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Victor H. Kriegshaber Memorial 
Lighthouse for the Blind, 
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Cincinnati Public Library, 
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Chicago Public Library, Chicago, 

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Library for the Blind, Braich 
of the St. Louis Public 
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California State Library 
Sacramento, Calif. 

Denver Public Library, Denver 

List of Libraries Giving Territory of each. 

Editor's note* This list of libraries and also the list of abbreviations which follows 
are given regularly in the January and June issues for the sake of the new subscribers. 





New York State Library, Library for the Blind t New York State 

other than Greater New York City and Long Island; Vermont 

Kriegshaber Memorial Lighthouse for the Blindi Georgia; Alabama; 


Texas State Library, Library for the Blind t All of Texas 

Canadian National Institute Library, 64 Baldwin St., Toronto, Canada 

Chicago Public Library, Dept. of Books for the Blind, 4536-44 Lincoln 

Avenue, 1X1*1 Southern half of Illinois from a line north of 

Springfield; Wisconsin 

Cincinnati Library Society for the Blind, 6990 Hamilton Avenue Mt. 

Healthy, Ohio; Southern half of Ohio from a line south of Columbus; 

Kentucky; Tennessee 










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Students • Libra 

Wayne County, 


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New Mexico, Nebraska 

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North Dakota; South Dakota 

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Indiana State Library, Servioe for the Blind: Indiana 
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the Blind: Southern hajf of Illinois from a line including Spring- 
field; Iowa 

Jewish Braille Library, 1825 Harrison Ave., New York City 
Library of Congress, Service for tho Blind, Washington, D. 
District of Columbia; Virginia; Maryland; South Carolina 
Los Angeles Lending Library, Calif.: California; Arizona 
New Orleans Public Library, Library for the Blind, La»: Louisiana; 

National Library for the Blind, 1126 - 21st St., N.W., Washington 
District of Columbia: Virginia; Maryland; North Carolina 
New York Guild for the Jewish Blind, 172 East 96th St., N.Y.C. 
New York Public Library, Library for the Blind, 137 West 25 St., 
N.Y.C: Greater New York City and Long Island; Connecticut; 
Puerto Rico; Virgin Islands 
Oklahoma Library Commission, Oklahoma City 

Perkins Institution Library, Watertown, Mass.: Massachusetts; 
New Hampshire; Maine; Rhode Island 

Free Library of Philadelphia, Library for tho Blind, Logan Square, 
Penna.: Eastern half of Pennsylvania from a line beginning iwith 
Harrisburg; New Jersey; Delaware 

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Library for the Blind, Penna.: 
Western half of Pennsylvania from a line west of Harrisburg: 
West Virginia 

Library Association of Portland, 801 West Tenth Avenue, Oregon: 
Oregon; Idaho 

California State Library, Library for the Blind: California; Nevada 
Michigan State Library for the Blind: All of Michigen outside of 
Wayne County 

Salt Lake City Public Library, Library for the Blind, Utah: Utah 

Seattle Public Library, Library for the Blind, Washington: Washington 
State; Montana; Alaska 

Henry L. Wolfner Memorial Library for the Blind, 3844 Olive St., Mo.: 
Missouri; Kansas 

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List of other abbrevi ^ions used in this magazine 

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American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, i 

Amerioan Red Cross, National Headquarters, Washington D.C. 

Braillo Institute of America, 741 N. Vonncnt Ave., L03 Angeles, Calif • 

Clovernook Printing House for the Blind, Mt. Healthy, Ohio 

Howe Memorial Fress, Perkins Institution, Watertown, Mass. 

National Institute for the Blind, 224 Great Portland St., London, Sng. 

Theosohical Book Association for the Blind, 184 S. Oxford Avenue, 

Los Angeles, California 


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Volume 12 

A Guide to Braille and talking Book Publications 

July, 1943 

Number 7 

Published Monthly, Except August, in Braille and in Mimeographed Form 

By the 
Amerioan Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 
15 West 16 Street 
New York 11, N.Y. 

Braille Edition Provided by the U. S. Government 
Through the Library of Congress 
Printed at the American Printing House for the Blind 

1839 Frankfort Avenue 
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Address all communications to the editor, Lucy A. Goldthwaite 
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Book Announcements 

Press-made Braille Books 
Talking Books 
Hand-copied Books 







Book Announcements 
ress-made Braille Books 

All press-made books here noted are provided by the Federal Government. Copies of 

these government-supplied books are placed in the twenty-one regional libraries which 

serve the blind. A list of these libraries appears regularly in the January and June 

numbers of this magazine. 

Readers are required to borrow books from the library designated by the Library of 

Congress to serve their respective territories. 

In the lists which follow, the first book notation in every instance should be credited 

to the Book Review Digest unless another source is given. 

Agar, Herbert. A time for greatness. 3v NIB Panda #66 (Not provided by the U. S. 

Here is a book which challenges you directly to face the problems of our time and 
to take vigorous action to preserve our heritage. The author sees the post-war 
problems as primarily human and urges us and his fellow-countrymen, the Americans, 
not to throw away once more the hopes of mankind. The New York Review of Literature 
describes it as an "outstanding document of our times." New Beacon. 

Arciniegas, German. The knight of El Dorado; the tale of Don Gonzalo Jimenez de 

Quesada and his conquest of New G rana da, now called Colombia; translated by Mildred 
Adams. 3v 1942 AFH 

Mr. Arciniegas has written a delightful book, at once realistic and speculative, 
satiric and vivid. And, in painting his subtle portrait of the founder of Bogota, 
the founder of the state which was to become in time the Republic of Colombia, he 
has done a service not only to his own country and its history but to all who are 
interested in the history of the New World. 

Bromfield, Louis. Mrs. Parkington. 4v 1942 CPH 

Portrait study of a New York grand dame, aged eighty-four in 1942, who came out of 
Leaping Rock, Nevada, at the age of seventeen, married Major Parkington, one of 
New Yorks ' early "robber barons." After his death Mrs. Parkington lived on, head 
of her family, a keen manager of her immense fortune, an intimate of kings and 
queens, and a woman of charm to the end of her life. Her descendants did not do 
her and the major credit, except for Janie, her grand-daughter, end for her Mrs» 
Parkington made great plans. Glimpses of Mrs. Parkington* s past are brought 
into the story so that a rounded picture of her life is formed. 

Call, Hughie. Golden fleece. 2v 1942 BIA 

Reminiscences of thirty years as a sheep rancher's wife in Montana. Mrs. Call was 
a Texas "tenderfoot" when she married and went to her husband's ranch, and many 
things were strange and hard at first. Tho in the eyes of a native she is still a 
tenderfoot, she has learned much of the ways of men — and sheep; knows the answers 
to many undreamed of questions, and the immense value, in a lonely region, of being 
on a "party line." 

Copland, Aaron. Our new music; leading composers in Europe and America. 2v. 1941 APE 
A book of great clarity, sound in its analysis, and objective in its approach. 
Partial contents: Moussorgsky's realism; Impressionism of Debussy; Schoenberg's 
expressionism; Stravinsky's synamism; Bela Bartok; Ravel and Roussel; Satie end 
"Les Six"; Lyricism of Milhaud; Jazz interlude; Neoclassic movementsi New music in 
the U.S.A.; Composer from Mexicoi Carlos Chavez; Composer and radio; World of the 
phonograph; Musio in the films. 

Dean, Vera Micheles. The struggle for world order, lv 1941 AFH 



Eisenberg, Franoes. My uncle Newt. 3v 1942 BIA 

Primarily about Aunt Pearl Tftmpler and her cant anker oua profane old Uncle Newt, the 
skeleton in her family closet who wouldn't stay put* Some very funny situations 
arise when Aunt Pearl struggles to 6are the soul of unregonerate Uncle Newt, who 
came, uninvited, to stay with her and thereafter kept her respectable boarding 
house in a turmoil of exuberant eocentrioity. 

Freeman, Douglas Southall. Lee*s lieutenants* vol. I - Manassas to Malvern Hill) a 
study in command* 12v 1942 APH 

This is the first volume of a projcccted three-volume work in which the author 
proposes to give a "multiple biography" of the higher officers who served under 
Lee in the Army of Northern Virginia. 

Jameson, Storm. Then we shall hear singing; a fantasy in C major. 3v 1942 BIA 
A fantasy on the postwar consequences, of a defeat by Germany. In a smaller 
European country, five years after the end of the war, a scientist proceeds to 
operate on a whole people, removing the higher functions of the brain without 
injuring the body* The result is at first co-operation with the conqueror; then, 
as the effect of the experiment we*?rs off, memory returns, and with it the 
reawakening of husian dignity, 

Maclean, Catherine MaoDonald. Seven for Cordelia. 3v 1942 BIA 

The seven were ohildren evacuated from the slums of Edinburgh and Glasgow to a 
farm in the Scottish highlands. Cordelia was the gracious, understanding mistress 
of the farm, who with her husband, Donald, provided a haven f or t he little band. 
The character of each child stands out in this quiet story, but it is wee Rab, 
aged six, with his staunch independence and his adoration of Cordelia, who holds 
the center of the stage. 

Pollock, Channing. Guide posts in chaos. 3v 1942 BIA 

A volume of short essays on human nature and tho conduct of life. Many of them 
first appeared as editorials in This Week. They are grouped under the following 
heads: Of human behavior; Home end family; On being contented; The world about 
us; My country, T tis of thee. 

Priestley, John Boyntnn. Blaok-out in Gretley; a story of -- and for -- wartime. 
3v 1942 AFH 

A tale of counter-espionage in Wartime England. "It is a most exhilarating 
pleasure to encounter Mr. Priestley again kicking his heels in the realm of fiction, 
as much a master of narrative as- ever. I have only ©me complaint to make of the 
story. That is, that to anyone who knows Mr. Priestley's political convictions, 
the detection of the two chief Fifth Columnists presents no difficulty." HHF 

Ray, Marie Beynon. Doctors of the mind; the story of psychiatry. 4v 1942 

Account of the development of psychiatry from the days of Mesmer to the present, 
written in popular form for the layman. Includes sketches of the progress made 
in recent years in the treatment of diseases and defects of the brain and nervous 

Romulo, Colonel Carlos P. I saw the fall of the Philipines. 3v 1942 BIA 

Colonel Romulo, native of the Fhilipines and now aide de camp to General MacArthur 
used the four newspapers and two radio stations he owned in Manila before the 
Japanese invasion to secure President Quezon's government and Philippine inde- 
pendence. He fought with General MacArthur and Quezon on Bataan and Corregidor 
to the end, also broadcasting daily messages from the General to soldiers on 
Bataan end prisoners in Manila. After he escaped to Australia he learned that he - 
had won the Pulitzer Prize for interpretative correspondence. Reader spends three 
months in filthy tunnel on Corregidor and the foxholes of Bataan, missing littlo 
of that bloody struggle* 

Sandys, James. This is death calling. 3v NIB Panda #65 (Not provided by the U.S. 
Government ) 

A small girl, a mongrel dog and an empty house sot Mr. Springfield, that clever, 
charming and ruthless little lawyer - and incidentally Inspector Carforth of the 
C. I. D. - a tough problem. There is a sense of atmosphere in the empty house 
whioh is eerie in the extreme. 


Stefansson, Vilhjamur. Greenland. 4v 1942 APH 

History of Greenland, based to some extent on early sagas, two of which have been 
newly translated. The history is traced from the early voyages thru the discovery 
of America, the establishment of the Christian church, down to the present. A 
closing chapter discusses the strategic importance of the island in the defense 
of tho Western hemisphere. 

Talking Books 
(These books are provided by the U. S. Government) 

Eersey, John. Into the valley. 5r 1942 Read by Burt Blackwell. APH 

Story of the deeds of one company of marines during a small, unimportant battle 
on Guadcanal, as told by a reporter for Life, author of "Men on Bataan." The 
story is simply and briefly told, but gives many details concerning the sights 
and sounds of the jungle, the conversation and reactions of men ready for battle 
and in the thick of the fight, of how the wounded were evacuated, and other work 
of unsung heroes. 
In same container as "W.L. White's They were Expendable. 

Hewlett, Dorothy. Shocking bad hat. 2pts. 24r 1941 Read by John Brewster. AFB 
This latest amende honorable to the* 50s -has two advantages; Dorothy Hewlett's 
uncanny knowledge of their ways, slang, furniture, clothes, songs, jokes and 
social attitudes, and her good sense in choosing a collaborator from this period. 
She has apparently given one of those whistles whose vibrations are too high for 
mortal ears and Wilkie Collins came running. People have never stopped reading 
his 'Moonstone* and 'Woman in White* but it is a long time since anybody wanted 
to write like that. It is a way with such charm, now that the fun of the '50s 
has been heightened by Miss Hewlett's own sense of humor, that though the book 
can be laid down at almost any point, it would be hard to find one that will be 
picked up again with a more comfortable feeling. i/ 

Jamoa, Henry* Turn of th<f screw. 9i 1898 Road by John Brewster.' AFE 

Available in braille. Turn of the Screw employs the device of impressions 
conveyed through a mind into whioh they are led without any romantic nonsense. 
They are two evil beings, straight from hell, who have secured a grip on the 
souls of two children, and made them into partners in the abominations of their 
own secret life. N 

Maclnnes, Helen, J^seud 6? "'Assignment in Brittany. 22r 1942 Read by Lauren Gilbert AFB 
The time is the summer of 1940» Martin Hearne, a British secret service man, 
resembles Bertrand Corlay, a Frenchman picked up at Dunkirk, so strongly that he 
is trained to take Corlay's place at his home in Brittany. There were a few 
important things Corlay had omitted to tell Hearne - that he was a Nasi organizer 
was one of them; and about his friendship with the blond Elise was another. In 
his attempts to gather information for the English, Hearne was captured by the 
Nazis, endured torture, escaped along the secret passage under Mont St. Michel, 
and was rescued during a commando raid. 

Maurois, Andrei I remember, I remember. 21r 1942 Read by Kenneth Meeker. APE 

Autobiography of the French writer, who was born Emile Herzog, son of a textile 
manufacturer who after the war of 1870 migrated from Alsace to Elbeuf . 

A message to the blind of America from Archibald MacLeish, Librarian of Congress. 
lr 1942 AFB 

Ovarstreet, Bonaro W. Brave enough for life. 12r 1941 Read by George Patterson AFE 
The opening chapter poses the question "What shall we store against the spiritual 
winter ahead?" and the rest of the book is devoted to framing an answer. For 
Mrs. Overstreet the answer is in "every experience which has given me confidence 
in people," Childhood memories; "spiritual ancestors," the poets and philosophers 
in whom she has found solace and wisdom; fellow workers, personal friends; "touch 






end go" or the brief encounter of significance--all these have strengthened her 
conviction that her faith in human nature is not romantic and mistaken* 

Rieseberg, Hprry E. I dive for treasure. 17r 1942 Read by George Walsh. APH 

Lieutenant Rieseberg, diver, has hunted for treasure in sunken ships for nearly 
twenty-five years* He recounts strange adventures among seventeenth-century 
galleons and pirate ships. Map on lining papers. - Standard catalog 

White, W. L# They were expendable. 8r 1942 Read by Burt Blackwell. APH 

Available in braille. The story of the part played by MTB Squadron 3 in the 
Philippine campaign, as told to the author by four of its young offioersj 
Bulkeley, Kelly, Akers, and Cox. These men were responsible for transporting 
General MacArthur safely to Australia. This and their many other exploits from 
the time when the first Japanese planes came over Manila Bay until the end of their 
brave little flotilla, has as its background "the whole tragic panorama of the 
Philippine campaign - America's little Dunkirk." 

Hand-copied Books 

(A partial list of recent additions. Our information is not complete in regard to 
the location of hand-copied books. Unless otherwise noted, these books are in 
grade 1 J. ) 

Brown, Mrs. Zenith (Jones). The eel pie murders. 3v NYPL 
Cournos, John. A boy named John, lv 1941 NYPL 

Autobiography describing the author's childhood up to the time of his first 
reguler job - as office boy on a newspaper. He came to this country as a 
Russian immigrant, and the book is especially valuable as showing the feeling of 
foreign born Americans. For boys 9 to 14. 
Deutsch, Helen. Object matrimony; from Ladies Home Journal, lv Philadelphia 
Feylbut, Rose. Music f or t he oircus; from the Catholic Digest. Philadelphia 
Hughes, D. B. The Wobblefoot; from the American Magazine. 2v Philadelphia 
Mocliett, L. M. Birthday for Lisabeth; from Ladies' Home Journal. Philadelphia 
Rinehart, M. R. The time is ten; from Good Housekeeping. Philadelphia 
Sayre, E. E. Submarine from Corregidor; from the Atlantic M on thly. lv Philadelphia 
Simpich, Frederick. As 2,000 ships are born; from National Geographic, lv Fhiladelphie 
Steiner, Rudolf. Knowledge of the higher worlds and its attainment. 3v HYFL 
Steiner, Rudolf. Theosophy. 2v NYPL 
Wodehouse, F. G. Uncle Fred flits by; from the Pocket reader. Philadelphia 

Information on Library Service 

For the sake of new subscribers it may be well to explain that the initials APH, CPH, 
BIA, and HMP stand for the initials of printing houses for the blind. When these 
initials follow a title the book usually is in all twenty-seven regional libraries. 
Other initials following a title indicate the library or libraries whioh own the 
hcnd-copied books. Our information in regard to the library or libraries owning these 
hand-copied books is not always complete. A list of the libraries is given in the 
June and January issues of this magazine. Requests to borrow such books should be made 
to the library indicated. 



Notioo cm Breijlc Music from the N. I. B« 

Apart from the publication of a limited quantity of Dance Musio for the benefit of 
blind musicians who need to be up to date in these matters, the National Institute 
for, the Blind has postponed publication of new music in order to economise paper and 
metal. There is in stock, however, a very large quantity of music printed before the 

Pulitzer Prize Winners 

The winners of this year's Pulitzer prizes for novel and play— Upton Sinclair's 
Dragon's Teeth and Thornton Wilder' s The Skin of Our Teeth — appear to run, in title, 
to the slightly dental or "incisor" variety. The biography award, on the other hand, 
wenfc to Samuel Eliot Morison's Admiral of the Ocean Sea. Among the journalism victors 
were i Forrest W* Seymour of the Des Moines Register and Tribune for editorial writing) 
Hanson Baldwin, military and naval editor of the New York Times for articles reporting 
his tour of the South Pacifio battle areas; and Ira Wolfert of the North American News 
Alliance for telegraphing report of international affairs; three articles on the sea 
battle off Guadcanal, Nov. 13 and 14, 1942. 

(September 20,1878- ) 

American novelist and publicist, was born in Baltimore, the son of Upton B» 
Sinclair and Priscilla (Harden) Sinclair. He belonged to the unsuccessful branch of 
an old, wealthy, and powerful family, a circumstance which strongly affected his 
youth — as did his father's inebriate habits. In his boyhood his father, who was a 
liquor salesman, moved to New York* The boy was through grammar school at twelve, and 
a student at the College of the City of New York at fourteen. He worked his way 
through four years at Columbia afterwards, by writing hack stories for pulp magazines 
(mostly naval adventures, since his grandfather was an admiral and his whole family 
had a tradition of naval service), and jokes for the comic periodicals. At this 
period he felt himself to be a poet; he was all alive with idealism and the worship 
of beauty, and in the midst of a very different career he still feels the poet buried 
within hinw 

In 1900, at twenty-one, he married Met a Fuller. They had one son, and they 
li-rad in the country in the most grinding poverty, for the young writer no longer could 
bring himself to write dime novels and pulp stories, and his first five novels, pub- 
lished from 1901 to 1906, brought him in altogether less than a thousand dollars. The 
story of that part of his life is told in Love's Pilgrimage* 

Upton Sinclair was ripe for Socialism at twenty— in fact, he had figured out 
^5or himself what he thought was an orignal idea of his own before he met Gaylord 
Wilshire and Leonard Abbott and discovered that economists had already promulgated the 
same principles. He has never been an orthodox Marxian, though so long active in the 
Socialist Party. But his Socialism is the most important thing about him, since it 
has been the mainspring of all his writing, has involved him in a long series of 
disputes and attacks, and has made him internationally famous at the same time that 
it has militated against his acceptance as writer in his own country. 

In 1906 he wrote The Jungle, after an investigation of the Chicago stockyards - 
As he said, he aimed at the people's heart and hit their stomach. Meat-packing methods 
were considerably improved, but the lot of the workers was not bettered for many year:r 
afterwards. The book was a best seller and made him rich, but all the money went Into 




a Utopian experiment, Helicon Hall,, in New Jersey where Sinclair Lewis, then a college 
student, was his furnace-man» This co-operative dwelling burned dowi after a year, 
with loss of life and the loss of all Sinclair's money. He has never been prosperous 
since, and he has frequently been very poor, for when conventional publishers boy- 
cotted his work, he himself issued it, nearly always at a financial loss. Whenever 
a book has been successful, he has immediately sunk the profits into some other pub- 
lishing or social scheme. 

After running for various offices on the Socialist ticket in New Jersey and 
California, he shocked the S 0C i a lists by resigning from the party because of its stand 
against America's participation in the World W a r. Later he returned to it, though in 
1934 he ran for Governor of California on the Democratic ticket. This spectacular 
campaign, on the "EPIC" platform ("End Poverty in California"), was marked by the 
bitterest attacks yet made on him, and yet he would probably have been elected had it 
not been for the determined opposition and limitless resources of the business 

' He has lived in California since 1915, and for many years his home has been 
in Pasadena. In 1911 he and his first wife were divorced (because of legal technical- 
ities in New York, he had to get the divorce in Holland), and in 1913 he married Mary 
Craig Kimbrough, of Mississippi, a poet in her own right. Past sixty, he still seems 
youngj he is a oraok tennis player, spare and tanned. For years he was a vegetarian, 
though he no longer is. Thanks to his boyhood, he is fanatical against even moderate 
drinking. His tastes are very simple, and he has no social life outside a very small 
group of friends. Robert C an twell has described him very wellt "a soft-voiced ascetic, 
with his near-sighted smile, his disarming candor, and his strangely prim and dated 
pre-war air of good fellowship and enthusiasm." 

Abroad, Upton Sinclair is the most-read American author. There are 772 
translations of his books in forty-seven languages, and in thirty-nine countries. 
World's End, his sixty-first novel was a Literary Guild "selection" in America in 194C- 
and was published, by coincidence, on the day that France capitulated to Hitler. And 
yet' the curious fact is that he is really not a novelist. He has never created a real 
character (except perhaps in Manassas and Love's Pilgrimage); his people are wooden, 
his books really propaganda tracts and economic reports. What he is, is a magnificent 
journalist--one of the very best. To get the full flavor of his talent, one should 
read, not his novels, but such works as The Brass Check, The Goose-Step, or The Profits 
of Religion. Over-assertive as they may sound, not one person he has attacked has 
ever yet been able to disprove him or sue him for libel. 

Perennially hopeful, humorless, with a sort of boyish credulity which has led 
him into espousing the most grotesque quack cures and has made him an ardent telepa- 
thist, Upton Sinclair nevertheless is a fine corrective for complacency, a fearless 
and indefatigable crusader. He is in a sense the last of the muckrakers; he thinks of 
himself as a social anticipation but actually he is a hold-over from the days of forth- 
right independence in a simpler and less regimented America. 

Editor's note: Among this author's books the following is in braille: 
The Jungle, 7v NYPL 

(April 17, 1897- ) 

American novelist and dramatist, Pulitzer Prize winner in both classifications, 
was born in Madison Wis., the son of Amos Parker Wilder, editor of the Wisoonsin State 
Journal, and Isabella Thornton (Niven) Wilder. His brother and sister are also writers. 
When he was nine he was taken to China, where his father was American Consul-General 



at Hong Kong and Shanghai, and went to high school in Chefoo. He returned to the 
United States and completed hi8 education in Berkeley and Ojai, Calif., at Oberlin, 
and at Yale (B.A\. 1920), interrupted by a year as a corporal in the Coast Artillery 
Corps during the World War. He then studied for two years at the American Academy 
in Rome. From 1921 to 1928 he was a housemaster at the Lawrenceville School, in 
New Jersey. He also taught French, and continued his studies at Princeton, receiving 
an M. A. degree in 1925. His first novel. The Cabala, appeared in the somo year, and 
a year later the American Laboratory Theatre produced his first play, The Trumpet 
Shall Sound. Neither made any particular stir, though the novel let him in for some 
sound drubbing from critics who considered it supercilious and confused. 

It was The Bridge of San Luis Rey, in 1927, which made Thornton Wilder 
famous. It received the Pulitzer Prize forthat year, was a best seller, was filmed, 
and still continues to sell in reprint editions. It caused Wilder to be extravagantly 
praised, and as extravagantly condemned. It started a whole genre in fiction in 
which the characters are brought together by some accidental geographical relationship 
at some crucial moment of their lives — in this case, by the breaking of a bridge in 

In 1928 Wilder gave up his teaching position, wont to Europe for a year to 
write his Greek novel, The Woman of Andros, returned to America for a year's lecture 
tour, then settled in Chicago, where from 1930 to 1936 he was a lecturer on literature 
at the University of Chicago, teaching for six months of the year and writing for the 
other six. After another year in France he moved to New Haven, where he now lives. 
He has never married. 

Wilder 1 s last novel to date was in 1935, and from that time on he has devote: 
himself almost exclusively to play writing* Our Town, which won the Pulitzer Prize 
for drama in 1938, enacted on a bare stage, was as much a departure, in its moving 
simplicity, from his earlier works as Heaven's My Destination, that sober study of an 
unspeakable prig (which nobody could be quite sure was satire), was from his earlier 
novels. Our Town was made into a successful motion picture. 

Thornton Wilder has outlived Michael Gold's early gibe that his universe was 
"a museum, not a world." He has ceased to be precious, ornate, speciously classical 
and philosophical, a faint shadow of James Branch Cabell* He has, in other words, 
matured, and instead of pouring warm baths of soulfulness he now shows he is capable 
of depicting spiritual fundamentals. His play, The Merchant of Yonkers was, to be sure, 
e mere light-hearted adaptation of a play by Plautus, but it was only a diversion. 
Wilder has not been spoiled by adulation, and is steadily growing* 

He is still young-looking, slender, dark-haired with a clipped moustache, 
sophisticated, and urbane. Of recent years he has become interested in acting, and has 
taken parts in the plays produced by the little theatres in their summer seasons. He 
is musical, a good pianist who has done some composing. Henry Seidel Canby, who onoe 
acclaimed him as a genius, on consideration has oalled him "a minor . ..figure, narrow 
in scope,.. .yet with the consecration to perfection, the conscientiousness, and the 
absolute excellence of... a Collins or an Addison." 

In September 1941, at London, Wilder was elected one of the five wartime 
heads of P.E.N., the international writers' organization. His new comedy, The $kin of 
Our Teeth, began its tryout tour in October 1942. 

Editor's note t Among this author*s books the following are in braille i 

Heaven's my Destination, lv 

The Long Christmas Dinner. 2v NYPL 

Our Town? a play, lv 

Woman of Andros. lv 

Talking Books 
The Bridge of San Luis Rey. 6r 




Boyd, James. Drums. 8v 

Chambers, R.W. Cardigan. 3v 

Churchill, Winston. Richard C a rvel. 7v 

Cooper, J. F. The spy; a tale of the neutral ground. 8v 

Dsvi«, W. S. Gilman of Redford; a story of Boston and Harvard College on the eve 

of the Revolutionary War 1770-1775. 8v 
Edmonds, W. D. Drums along the Mohawk. 6v 
Fast, Howard. The unvanquished. 3v 
Fletcher, Inglis. Raleigh's Edenj a novel. 7v 
Forbes, Esther. Paradise. 5v 
Ford, Paul L. Janice M 0r edith. 6v 
Graves, Robert. Proceed, Sergeant Lamb* 4v 
Graves, Robert. Sergeant Lamb's America. 4v 
Hough, F. 0. The neutral ground. 5v 
Mason, Van Wyck. Stars on the sea. 8v 
Mason, Van Wyck. Three Harbors. 7v 
Roberts, Elisabeth M. The great Meadow. 2v 
Roberts, Kenneth. Arundel; a chronicle of the provinoe of Maine and of the seoret 

expedition led by Benedict Arnold against Quebec. 6v 
Roberts, Kenneth. Oliver Wiswell. 9v 
Roberts, Kenneth. Rabble in arms; a chronicle of Arundel and the Burgoyne invasion. 

Sabatini, Rafael. The Carolinian. 7v 

Singmaster, Elsie. Rifles for Washington. 5v Handcopied NUPL 
Thompson, Maurice. Alice of old Vinoennes. 3v 
Williams, Ben Ames. Come spring. 9v 


Palmer, Frederick. Clark, of the Ohio; a life of George Rogers Clark lOv 

H a ndcopied NYPL 
Preston, J. H. A gentleman rebel; the exploits of Anthony Wayne. 8v Handcopied NYPL 
Forbes, Esther. Paul Revere and the world he lived in. 6v 
Roberts, Kenneth. March to Quebeo; journals of the members of Arnold's expedition; 

compiled and annotated by Kenneth Roberts. 7v 
Van Doren, Carl. Seoret history of the Ameri can revolution; an aocount of the 

conspiracies of Benedict Arnold and numerous others drawn from the Secret 

Service papers of t he British headquarters in North America now for the first 

time examined and made public. 8v 



Boyd, James. Drums. 25r AFB 

Cooper, J.F. The spy. 2 pts 26r APH 

Edmonds, W. D. Drums along the Mohawk. 2pts 38r APH 

Fast, Howard. The unvanquished. 15r APH 

Ford, P. L. Janice Meredith. 2pts 31r AFB 

Roberts, E. M. Great meadow. 16r AFB 



Adams, J. T. The epic of America. 2pts 28r 

Contains chpaters on the Revolution. 
Wilson, Woodrow. George Washington. 15r AFB 


Reprinted from "Talking Book Topics," June, 1943 

"A Message to the Blind of America from Archibald MacLeish" is the title of 
a Talking Book record which you should, by all means, listen to. On one side the 
Librarian of Congress tells you something of the history of bocks for the blind in 
the United States which culminated in the development of the Tailing Book. The other 
side is devoted to information you should have on the use of Talking Book records and 
machines. For example, you will learn why it is so important thet you use a new 
steel needle after playing one side of a record and once this is explained, you will 
no longer feel the small personal inconvenience of changing needles, please be sure 
to check Mr. MacLeish t s message on the list of reservations you send to your library. 

The Federal Repair Department at the Foundation is gradually catching up 
withe the accumulation of Government -owned Talking Book machines on hand when the 
WPA project closed down last June. If your Government -owned machine is not working 
properly, you may now send it for free servicing to the Federal Repair Department, 
American Foundation for the Blind, 15 West 16th Street, New York 11, New York. 
Place your name and address in the upper left-hand corner of t he label and directly 
below this the words," Sound Record Reproducer f or t he Blind for Repair, Act of May 
15, 1938," and the machine can be mailed at one cent per pound. 

An inkprint catalog of the Talking Books recorded from August, 1934 to 
June, 1941, comprising the bulk of the Talking Book Library, has recently been 
issued by the Books for the Adult Blind Division of the Library of Congress. It is 
a compilation of previous lists. A copy of the catalog may be had upon request to 
your regular distributing library. A supplementary list of Talking Books recorded 
from July 1, 1941 to June 30, 1943 is also available. 


Volume 12 

A Guide to Braille and Talking Book Publications 

September, 1943 

Number 8 

Published Monthly, Except August, in Braille and in Mimeographed Form 

By the 
American Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 
15 West 16 Street 
New York 11, N. Y. 

Braille Edition Provided by the U. S. Government 

Through the Library of Congress 


Printed at the American Printing House for the Blind 

1839 Frankfort Avenue 

Louisville, Kentucky 

Address all communications to the editor, Lucy a. Goldthwaite 
American Foundation tor the Blind, Inc. 
15 West 16 Street 
New York 11, N.Y. 


Book .Announcements 

Press-made Braille Books 

Talking Books 

Hand-copied Books 
The JBR Literary Competition 
An Interview 7/ith Mrs. Marcia Davenport 

From the New York Times Book Review 




Book Announcements 
Press-made Braille ^ooks 

All press-made books here noted are providod by the Federal Government. Copies of 
these government-supplied books are placed in the twenty- seven regional libraries 
which serve the blind. A list of these libraries appears regularly in the January 
and June numbers of thi ■. magazine. 

Readers are required tc borrow books from the library designated by the Library of 
Congress to serve their respective territories. 

In the lists which follow, the first book notation in every instance should be credit- 
ed to the Book Review Digest unless another source is given. 

Broch, Theodor. The mountains wait . 3v 1942 BIA 

It is a picture of a way of life, simple, dignified, forward-looking, painted 
with love and humour. Manchester Guardian 

The book is written very simply, with extreme candor and a dry, astringent humor. 
It does not attempt to order the incidents and phases of the tiro months' fighting 
for Narvik into a coherent narrative, for the author is concerned to describe 
only what he personally experienced or observed. But the book never fails to 
indicate the peculiar tension of the Narvik campaign and particularly the 
Norwegian sense of the presense, in the fjord or out at sea, of the Royal Navy. 
London Times 

Brown, Cecil. Sue:, to Singapore. 7v 1942 CPH 

The adventures, set forth in diary form, of an American radio commentator during 
the months from April, 1940 - when he was ejected from Rome •• to March, 1942, 
when he sailed from Australia for America, after having spent many months in 
Singapore watching the approaching end of that fortress in the Far East. 

Chevigny, Hector. Lord of Alaska: Baranov and the Russian adventure. 3v 1943 CFH 
Account of the life and deedc of Aleksandr Baranov, son of a Russian storekeeper 
living on the Finnish border in the eighteenth century r From very humble 
beginnings Baranov became virtual ruler of the Russian settlements in the 
Aleutians, Alaska, and British Columbia. Here he was trader, warrior, governor, 
ship builder, and son-in-law of an Indian chieftain, and from these lands he sent 
fortunes in furs back to Russia. Baranov was relieved of his command in 1817 
and two years later he died in Java. 

Christie, Agatha. Five little pigs. 3v NIB Braille panda -^67 (Not provided by the 
U.S. Government ) 

M. Poirot is set an exceedingly difficult task. The daughter of a wonan found 
guilty of murder wishes to clear the memory of her mother, and enlists the 
service of M. Poirot who has to delve; far into the past., and reconstruct and 
re-examine a case buried in old newspaper files and the memories of ageing 
witnesses. He does so, of course, with supreme ability, and arrives at a truly 
startling conclusion. 

Copland, Aaron. Our now music; leading composers in Europe and Anerica. 2v 1941 ABS 
Survey of contemporary music trends and personalities, both European and American, 
beginning with Glinka and ending with Stravinsky, and placing each composer 
considered as to his share in the development of modern music. Contains also 
a short discussion of music for the phonograph, radio, and the film, and a 
list of available recordings of the composers included. 

Crommolin, Erne line G. Famous legends, adapted for children. 2v Grade 1-g .nPK 

Evelyn Lee's cook book, edited by Marian Manners. 2v Grade 1-g- BIA (Not provided 
by the U.S. Government) 

This book presents 259 suggestiens, proved practical by an immaculate blind homo- 
maker, of exceptional ability as cook and housekeeper. These suggestions show 
ways and means, other than by physical sight, whereby the blind cook may learn 
how to prepare the foods in the mixing bowls. They show how to separate an egg, 


how to measure and weigh accurately and how to make use of leftovers. Special 
attention is directed to oven menus and one-dish meals which are popular with 
blind cooks. Another advantage of importance is the arrangement of the recipes 
in two columns on a standard size braille page. This makes it possible to 
start each ingredient on a now line, as is done in letter-press cook books, 
without wasting much space. Directions for using all recipes arc set forth in 
paragraph form. Both of these arrangements facilitate ready reference. 

Forbush, William B. Myths and legends of Greece and Rome. 4v Grade lj? APH 

Ford, Leslie, pseudonym. Siren in the night. 2v 1943 CFH 

"Mrs. Ford's latest crime novel is better than the last couple, but the dreadful 
doubt enters the reader's mind that perhaps the author is turning out her 
mysteries too rapidly and flavor is giving place to machine-like routine. 
However, the Primrose tales continue near the top of the list of sane, well- 
mannered whodunits, and Siren in the Night has an entertaining aggregation of 
'suspects who compensate for the several obvious flimsies of the mystery itself." 
A Springfield Republican 
9 Hall, Jennie. Viking talcs. 2v Grade 1-g- APH 

Helm, MacKinley. Angel Mo' and her son, Roland Hayes. 2v 1942 BIA 
dfe Biography of a notable American Negro singer. The story, though written by 

Mr. Helm, is told in the first person as if by Mr. Hayes. The man, more than 
the musician, is delineated, though there are observations on music, here and 
there, of a scholarly nature. The writing is closely packed, but it has, 
nevertheless, an ease which makes "Angel Mo" very enjoyable to read. It will 
surely be a source book of prime importance. 

Hilton, James. The story of Dr. Wassell. lv 1943 AFH Available also as a Talking 

The true story of the navy doctor from Arkansas who took care of the wounded 
American officers and men from the Houston and the Marblehead in Java. Later 
he succeeded in getting most of the men safely to Australia and was awarded 
the Navy Cross for his superb courage. 

Kazin, Alfred. On native grounds; an interpretation of modern ijnerican prose 

•literature. 7v 1942 APH 
This first book by a young New York critic is a full-length, brilliantly 
sustained history of the relation between American prose writers and our 
4$^ developing society in the years botwen 1890 and the present. New Yorker 

Kinscella, Hazel G. Backgrounds of American music: History sings. 5v 1940 .uFH 

Kinscella, Hazel G. Stories in music appreciation. 1939. APH 

In this series are the following books: Around the world in story. 4v Grade 2; 
Conrad's magic flight. 3v Grade 1-^j Folk tales from many lands. 2v Grade l-g-j 
Man in the drum and other tales. 2v Grade Igj Storyland. 2v Grade Ig-j 
Talcs of olden days. 4v Grade 1^. 

Langer, Mrs. Rulka. The mermaid and the Messerschmitt . 4v 1942 CPH 

Gripping story of experiences of ono family and their friends in Warsaw during 
blitzkrieg of September, 1939. The terror, horror, and destruction are depicted 
vividly and realistically. The Mermaid of Warsaw was engulfed in bombs and bl^ .'. 
and eventually subdued by the power of the Messerschmitt; but her spirit of 
defiance and her faith in ultimate peace prevail, despite months of hunger, fear, 
and uncertainty, following the blitz. The author, a young Polish woman, spent 
two years on scholarship at Vassar and some time as wife of Consul in Washington. 
Library Journal 

Lcnde, Helga, editor. What of the blind? A survey of the development and scope of 
present day work with the blind. 

Books I and II. Book one (1938) in three volumes, includes chapters on causes 
and prevention of blindness; the blind preschool blind child; education of the 
young blind; psychology of the blind; social adjustment of the adult blind; 
volunteer work with the blind; reading and recreation. 

Book two(l94l) in three volumes, includes chapters on the interpretation of 
blindness; special educational problems; personal adjustment of the adult blind; 



economic and vocational adjustment; statistics of blindness; Federal government 
and the blind. 

Lin Yutang, editor. The wisdom of China and India. 14v 1942 BIA 

Aa anthology of excerpts from Eastern classical literature with introductions, 
notes, and chronological tables. Some of the translations have been newly- 
made by the editor. 

Lothar, Ernst. Beneath another sun; translated by Barrows Mussey. 6v 1943 APH 

Novel of the South Tyrol at the time of the German-Italian agreement and later. 
Especially it is the story of one Tyrolcse family, the Mumo Iters, transplanted 
to the Czech Protectorate, where the older brother and sister become part of 
the underground liberation movement. The younger brother, a member of the 
Hitler Youth, betrays his own brother and the latter 's *jierican wife. 

McGuire, Edna, and T, B. Portwood. The rise of our free nation. 10 v 1942 APH 
Available also as a Talking Book. "A textbook on American history which 
endeavors to inspire a desire for and a determination to labor toward an 
improvement in our democratic process." School and Society 
This quotation is from a review written with the advice of two experienced 
teachers of junior high school history. Their examination of the book has led 
them to commend it highly, and, in the opinion of the reviewer, their enthusiasm 
is fully justified. The style is free flowing and makes for easy reading. 

Mann, Thomas. Order of the day; political addresses and speeches of two decades; 
translated from the German by H. T. Lowe-Porter. 3v 1942 HMP 
Collection of the author's major political addresses and essays covering the 
last two decades. Contents: The German republic; An appeal to reason; Europe 
beware; I stand with the Spanish people; "Mass und wert"; An exchange of 
letters; The coming victory of democracy; A brother; What I believe; This 
peace; This war; Culture and politics; The war and the future; Thinking and 
living; Address before the Emergency rescue committee j Niemoller. 

Marks, Percy. Better themes; a college textbook of writing and re-writing; revised 
edition. 5v 1936 APH 

Mason, Van Wyck. Rivers of glory. 6v 1942 CPH 

The third volume of the author's projected four historical novels, depicting 
the American Revolution and its effects upon the people of the thirteen colonies. 
The present volume follows the course of Lieutenant undrew Warren from Boston, 
two years after the evacuation, to Tory Now York, thence to Jamaica, and ends 
with the siege of Savannah. 

Oxford pamphlets on home affairs. 2v NIB Braille panda #68 (Not provided by the 
U.S. Government) 

Contents: How Britain is Governed, by R. B. McCallum; The newspaper, by Ivor 
Thomas; The transition from war to peace, by &. C. Pigou; Britain's future 
population, by R. F, Harrod. 

"Panda" readers already know the excellence of the Oxford Pamphlets on Foreign 
Affairs. Here are four of a new series on Home Affairs, each by an expert, each 
on a subject of vital present-day interest. The New Beacon 

Richards, Irmagarde. California. 5v 1942 Grade l-g APH 

Spanish text: Alaroon, Pedro A. de. Final de Norma, El. 3v APH 

Steen, Ralph W. Texas; a story of progress. 6v 1942 Grade 1-g- «PH 

Timperly, H. J. Japan: a world problem, lv 1942 BIA 

Taking as his starting point the Japanese obsession about world dominion, the 
author probes the reasons for this and its similarity to the German idea. He 
points out that the Japanese explanation of economic necessity is not true; the 
basis is psychological and many centuries old. The problem of world security 
after the war is discussed in a concluding chapter. 

Werth, Alexander. The twilight of France, 1933-1940; edited with an introduction by 
D.W. Brogan. 6v 1942 APH 

Omnibus volume containing parts of the author's Which Way France, and France and 
Munich, the original stocks of which wero destroyed in the London bombings, 
together with a long introductory chapter by the editor. The epilogue is baseti 
on a book published in England in 1940, with the title The Last Days of Paris. 



White, John W. Argentina, the lifo story of a nation. 6v 1942 APH 

This social and political history of Argentina contains also a full-length study 
of her diplomatic policies. Appendices include: Area and population; Industrial 
control boards; New trade treaties; Public debt; Value of exports to the United 
States; Treaty of friendship, commerce, and navigation with the United States; 
Constitution of the Argentine nation} The residence of aliens law; Forms of 
government since the Revolution of 1810; Exchange agreement with Germany; 
Roca-Runciman trade treaty) Trade agreement with the United States; Balance of 
payments; Distribution of exchange sold by exchange control office. The author 
was for ten years a New York Times representative in South ^merica. 

Willkie, Wendell L. One world. 2v 1943 aPH 

A plea for unity and understanding among all the peopkes of the globe, based on 
Mr. Wilkie's forty-nine day world tour in 1942. The book is an expansion of his 
radio talks on his return from the journey. 

Hand-copied Books 

(A partial list of recent additions. Our information is not complete in regard to the 
location of hand-copied books. Unless otherwise noted, these books are in grade 1-g-) 

Blackouts; published by the U.S. War Department, Office of Civilian Defense. 2v 1941 

Delavan, Maud S. A Rumelheart must roam. 3v Chicago, Cleveland 

The further adventures of the Rumelhearts of Rampler Avenue. Mamma and the 

children settled down happily in their new home, but Papa was a wanderer. When 
no one would listen to his plea for the joys of the road, Papa walked off. For 
five years he tramped while Mamma and the children grew happy and self-respecting 
in their little home. With the news of money in the family Papa returned, but 
only to find that his day as boss was over. 

Duncan, W.C. The amazing Madame Jumel. 5v LC, NLB 

Finney, J. M. T. A surgeon's life; the autobiography of J.M.T. Finney, 9v NLB 

While primarily the self-portrait of an eminent American surgeon, Dr. Finney's 
autobiography is much more. During more than fifty years of practice in 
Baltimore the author has witnessed and participated in- almost unbelievable 
advances in surgery and medicine, and he has touched lifo in almost all its 

Dr. Finney's intimate portraits of John Hopkins' Big Four, Osier, Halsted, Welch, 
and Kelly, will delight all who knew this extraordinary quartet. His story 
abounds in anecdotes, many amusing, some significant, some triflinpr, but all told 
in the easy, informal mariner we associate with a pipe and an open fire. 

Hill, Grace L. Red signal. 4v NLB Fiction 

Hill, Grace L. Blue ruin. 6v NLB Fiction 

Hoppin, F. S. Great adventure in history and legend. 3v 1940 LC, Philadelphia 

Kieran, John. John Kieran's nature notes, lv LC 

Maxwell, William. They came like swallows. 3v Detroit, Cincinnati, LC 

The intimate family life of a Midwest, middle-class family about 1918 is presented 
through the thoughts and feelings of three people — a boy of eight, his brother 
of twelve, and the father. Although practically without plot, it achieves a 
sensitive characterization of the mother whose understanding, humor and gracieus- 
ness smoothed their lives until she died. The characterization is unusually 
successful, but the book will interest chiefly cultivated readers. 

Potter, C.F. Technique of happiness. 2v 1935 LC Philadelphia 

Retner, Beth A. That's that. 2v NYPL 

Russell, F. A. American album of poetry. 8v Philadelphia 

Van Doren, Mark. A winter diary, and other poems. 2v NLB 

Wadelton, Tommy. My father is a quiet man. 2v Chicago LC 



White, W. A. The changing West. 2v LC 

Contents: The Waist that wasj The West that is; Peculiar problem, of the Westj 
How far have we come— and whys How may the West survive; The net of it 
Thi s little book is a real contribution to an understanding of what is commonly 
known as the farm problem. 

Wolfe, Thomas. You can't go home again, llv Chicago 

A novel of present-day life in America and Europe. It presents intimate pictures 
of widely varying types with emphasis on the evil, the selfijh. the cruel, and 
the cowardly way of living. Excellent characterizations; the book shows the same 
evidences of genius as are found in his other works. 

Talking Books 
(These books are provided by the II. S. Government) 

Diamant, Gertrude . The days of Ofelia. 12r 1942 Read by Clare Godfrey AFB 
Ofelia Escoto, her 10-year-old maid, was the opening wedge of ^he author's 
interest in the lives of the ordinary people of Mexico, where she had come 
to make intelligence tests of the Otomi Indians. Gives an excellent and 
readable interpretation of Trcxican life and the problem of the leaders who 
say "from this wo must forge a nation." 

Hilton, James. The story of Dr. Wassell. 7r 1943 Read by George Walsh AFH 
See note given under Press-made Announcements. 

Jones, Rufus M. New eyes for invisibles. 9r 1943 Read by Leland Brock AFH 

This little book is a companion volume to four former books, The inner life; 
The world within; Spiritual energies; and The new quest. It consists in the 
main of a series of meditations which might or might not emerge into sermons. 
Each one deals with some great issue of life. 

Masefield, John. Live and kicking Ned. 2pts 27r 1939 Read by Livingston Gilbert 

Continues the tale of a young doctor who figured in the author's earlier book 
"Dead Ned." The hero arrives on the slave ship "Albiocore" at the coast of 
Dead Ned where new adventures meet him and link him once more to the life which 
he had thought ended. 

Nathan, Robert. Journal for Josephine. 5r 1943 Read by George Patterson APH 
Journal describing the day-by-day life of a small family spending the summer 
of 1942 at Cape Cod. In a quiet manner that life is made to show the reactions 
of a man, his wife, and their small daughter to a world at war. Even the little 
village and its peaceful inhabitants are geared for war. 

Padowicz, Barbara. Flight to freedom, llr 1942 Read by Carmen Mathews AFB 

Account of the flight of an upper-class Polish woman and her six-year old son 
from her home and their safe arrival in Brazil, after a torturous trip through 
Hungary, Yugoslavia, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. 

Priestley, J. B. The old dark house. 12r 1928 Read by John Brewster AFB 

Three motorists traveling through an uninhabitated part of Wales become so 
endangered by torrential rain and land slides that they demand shelter for the 
night in the first house they pass. The inhabitants prove to be a sinister, 
almost inhuman group of individuals— one of them a raving maniac, and the hideous 
events which transpire during the night constitute the tale. 

Rich, Mrs, Louise D. We took to the woods. 19r 1942 Read by Terry Hayes APH 
Witty picture of life in the Rangeley Lake district of Maine, far from any 
neighbors, or modern improvements, where the author, her husband., and her 
children live summer and winter. Her chapters are headed with questions whi*h 
her friends have askod about her remote way of living: But how do you make a 
living? Isn't housekeeping difficult? Don't you ever got bored? Is it 
worth-while? etc. 


Shute, Nevil, pseudonym. Pied piper. 17r 1942 Read by Horace Braham AFB 

In a London club during an air raid a weary old nan tolls a fellow club member 
the story of his last continental vacation. His name was John Howard, and he- 
had gone on a fishing trip in the Jura mountains in a vain attempt to forget his 
grief over the death of his aviator son. On the very day the Germans crossed 
the Seine, Mr. Howard had set out on his homeward journey, taking with him two 
English children. A long time afterward he arrived at Brest, his party of 
children increased to seven. There the crowning difficulty of his journey was 
met and surmounted. A few days later Mr. Ho ard and his indescribably unkempt 
little band landed in Plymouth. The pied piper had achieved the impossible. 

Steinbeck, John. Bombs away; the story of a bomber team. lOr 1942 Read by George 
Patterson APH 

Steinbeck puts his great skill as a novelist to work and creates the persons of 
six boys who are to be a bomber crew. Without any fictional story-complications 
he follows these boys from their civilian life through several training schools, 
describes how they become airmen and soldiers. Finally they come together, 
assigned to one big bomber. He tells of the further training which welds them 
together into a team, and how finally one dark night they take off for distant 
parts of the world, and action. 

Verne, Jules. Twenty thousand leagues under the sea. 22r Read by George Walsh APH 
Story of Captain Nemo and his ingenious electric submarine boat. Much scientific 
information is worked into this, as in all of Verne's stories. In this book 
Verne prophesied the submarine, and the voyages to the planets predicted the 
flying machine. 

Correction: In the July issue the reader of "They Were Expendable" was given as 
Burt Blackwell whereas the book was read by George Patterson. 


Jft To our present and prospective participants in the Jewish Braille Review 1943 
Literary Competition: 

In the interests of our overseas contestants the final date on which manuscripts 

^&) will be accepted has been deforred from September 15 to November 15 

For fuller information on the contest write to The Jewish Braille Review 
Literary Competition, P. 0. Box 36, Morris Heights Station, New York 53, N. Y. 

An Interview with Mrs. Marcia Davenport, by Robert van Gelder 
From the New York Times Book Review 

"I'm a guttersnipe," said Marcia Davenport, the author of "The Valley of Deci- 
sion." She talks rapidly and eagerly. "I'm a wharf rat. I was born in New York 
and I lived overlooking the East River. I expect to go on living there because I must 
live in the city or I can't work, and near a large body of water or I can't function. 
I suppose the Freudians would know why I must live near a large body of water, but I 
hope none of them explain it to me — I don't want to hear about it." 

The scene of the interview is an East Fifty-second Street restaurant where they 
give you only one pat of butter, but where you discover that your bread has been 
buttered in the kitchen and the slices stuck together. Mrs. Davenport didn't think 
much of this trick. 

"It's all that damned insistence on 'business as usual,' on getting fat as usual, 
on pampering yourself as usual. This thing of specializing in keeping yourself happy 
seems to me the emptiest of aims. I have never seen a productive and functioning 
person much concerned with happiness. I doubt very much if there is any happiness 


anyway "in escaping from grim reality into anything else." 

"But how about all this time you spend listening to music?" 
"That's no escape. Music to me is work. It's so identified for mo with the 
labor that go^s into it. When I listen to music it's with severe concentration. I 
don't loll back in a chair, " she said, lolling back in her chair, "and say, 'Ah, 
isn't that lovely'.' I follow the score. I know just what each instrument is doing. 
I listen for the special developments that I know are to come. Take a fugue. For me 
a fugue is a hyper -stimulant. It's a severe mental exercise. I am rigid whon I listen 
to a fugue •" 

She said she learned that music was work very early. "I've made a habit of 
never talking about my mother (Mrs. Davenport is the daughter of Alma Gluck) for 
publication because my mother was simply fanatical in her adhorence to the principle 
that nobody should rise to fame, that is should try to rise to fame, or to celebrity, 
or even to notice, on the strength of somebody else's fame, of the work some cce «lse 
has done. I feel the same way. I am fanatical on it. That's why, when I was start- 
ing out, I bent over backward to keep people from finding out my background because, 
you know, you're handicapping yourself dreadfully if you become associated in the 
minds of people as the child of some one who is famous. Oh, you rouse a momentary 
curiosity, but that cools off. I have never used her name as a springboard and I 
wouldn't want any child of mine to use mine that way either. 

"But, as I said, I did learn of the work that goes into music very early. I was 
in the middle of it from the time I was two years old." 

"I should think you would have been in it from birth." 

"No, my mother didn't become a singer until I was two years old. Shu was 
brought here from Roumania when she was six years old. The family was very poor* 
They landed at Ellis Island — no, it was the Castle Gardens — and went to live on the 
lower East Side. My mother went to public school and to high school. She was a very 
good student and graduated with honors . V/hen she was still very young— -17 or just 18- 
she was married. I was born a year later — in 1903. 

"Her life was entirely domestic, keeping house and taking care of me. She'd 
sing now and then as she did housework. One night, just by accident, a business 
acquaintance of my father heard her sing. Well, this man was nuts about opera— an 
habitue'' of the upper regions of the Metropolitan Opera House. He was electrified. 
Of course, I don't know just what he said but you can imagine it— something like: 
•Have you any idea what kind of voice you have?' And mother aaid no, she never had 
given her voice much thought. Well, this man, this business man who loved opera, was 
the link between my mother and the teacher—Maestro Arturo Buzzi-Peccia. Buzzi-Peccia 
heard my mother sing and he said that she must work at music . She said that she had 
no time, that she had me to take care of, and that she had no money. He said that she 
must come to him every day, that he would see her whenevor his regular pupils were not 
there, early in the morning, at the lunch hour break, or late at night, and when she 
had nothing else to do with me she must bring me too. Aid never mind about the money, 

"I don't remember the trolley car rides to the studio - I suppose we went on the 
trolley - but I do have a very dim recollection of the studio where I must have spent 
quite a lot of time between the ages of two and four. When I was four years old, 
Buzzi-Peccia went back to Europe. In order to continue her lessons my mother went 
also, taking me with her. I marvel at the self-discipline, the strong character of 
a young and beautiful woman who was working terribly hard at music and yet would let 
herself be encumbered by a small child and all " M ie annoyances that go with it. In 
Switzerland, Gatti-Casazza heard my mother sing. It was just a practice session and 
he had come to the house of Buzzi-Peccia for lunch. He hired her on the spot for tho 
Metropolitan . 

"Of course, that story is a cliche'. You find something quite like it in the 
life of dozens of singers. I ust,d some elements of it in my book "Of .' Leya Geyer" - 
all fiction must be a composite of reality, and if reality is made up of eliehe's - 
well, that's what you must use. Fiction is interwoven experience." 

"What was it like to grow up in the home of a great artist?" 

"It was hardly a home in the usual sense. My life was not what most people 




consider a normal life for a child. That is, my mother had no room in her world for 
a child. If I wanted companionship I had to come up to adult standards. I'll never 
forget one scene when I was learning this. My mother had taken a little house in the 
Adirondacks one summer when I was eight years old. She had me practicing music, not 
because I had the least talent for music - we both knew that I hadn't any - but be- 
cause she believed, as I do, that work is most necessary to any human beingj and 
because she also believed, as I do, that to permit a child to grow up an illiterate in 
music is as bad as to permit general illiteracy. I think that it is just as necessary 
for anyone to know the way around in musical sources as to have read the classics of 
literature that everyone is supposed to have read, and that it is no less desirable to 
be able to look at a sheet of music and know what's on it and what the writer intended 
than it is to be able to look at a newspaper and understand what the print says. 

"It was also partly for the discipline of work in music - my mother was a 
martinet - that I was made to practice piano and work hard, One day, there in the 
Adirondacks, I had been sloppy about the work, and I remember my mother's eyes as she 
stood at the bottom of the stairs in the cottage and looked up at me - I was on the 
top step. Her eyes seemed to be very large, and I was frightened as she said to me: 
"How can you ever expect to amount to anything if you won : t work? You will be 
worthless - that's what you will be I" And I said, in a very small voice, for after all 
I was very small and my mother did frighten me when she was angry, that I would 
amount to something. 'What? 1 my mother demanded. And I said, 'I'll write, I'll write.'" 

"What did your mother say?" 

"'Humph I 1 I guess. But I did want to write books and I knew it even then. I 
had a very lonely childhood except for books. I read fairy stories and the people in 
them were my first companions. I was so deeply in them that I was extremely fussy 
about the kind of fairy tales I read. For example, I didn't like Hans Christian 
Anderson at all. His stories were too folksy, they were about humble people, wood- 
cutters and goose girls. The stories I liked had to have magic in them and be about 
extraordinary people - kings and princes, fairies and genii, and the things that 
happened in them had to happen by magic. 

Although my mother was very strict with me in the European fashion - which means 
that every detail of my conduct was known to her and criticized - she gave me absolute 
freedom in the range of my reading. Y\fhen 1 was first given an allowance I went 
directly to a bookstore and paid $65 for a 17-volume set of Burton's 'Arabian Nights' 
in the unexpurgated version. That was all right. I could read anything I could get 
my hands on. 

"I don't know if that kind of bringing up is the right thing for a child. It's 
the kind of thing, the only kind of thing, that! can give mj awn children. ~^I can't 
try to come down to the child's world. I can't function there. I was fitted into my 
mother's existence along with the other exigencies. For after all, what can you do for 
a human being except equip him for accomplishment and hard work? I don't give a dam 
if a man writes a symphony or lays bricks so long as he does the job the way the job 
should be done. All this business of trying to give children a happy childhood with 
the thought that you are fitting them for a happy life - well, I'm doubtful about it. 
Happiness must be inoidental. If it comes along every once in a while, that's fine. 
But how are you going to learn to punch the world in the nose just by being happy?" 

Talking about work, Mrs. Davenport said she didn't want to appear a monster - 
"though I may be a monster at that" - in slandering country living, but that, personally 
she found it very hard to live in the country because sh<_ couldn't work in the country 
- I can't function there. Because it's only in town that I can work. When I'm really 
writing I lock myself in a room overlooking the East River and keep at it for about ten 
hours a day." 


Volume 12 

A Guide to Braille and Talking Book Publications 

October, 1943 

Number S 

Published Monthly, Except August, in Braille and in Mimeographed Form 

By the 
American Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 
15 West 16 Street 
New York 11, N.Y. 


Braille Edition Provided by the U. S. Government 
Through the Library of Congress 
Printed at the American Printing House for the Blind 
1839 Frankfort Avenue 
Louisville 6, Kentucky 

Address all communi options to the editor, Lucy A. Goldthwaite 
American Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 
15 West 16 Street 
\ New York 11, N.Y. 

Book Announcements 

Press-made Braille Books 

Talking Books 

Hand-oopied Books 
Wartime Cooking, by Karla Longree 
"White Sahib" Psychology, a World Menace t 

A Book Review 




Book Announcements 
Press-made Braille Books 

All press-made books here noted are provided by the Federal government. Copies of 

these government-supplied books are plaood in the twenty-seven regional libraries 

which serve the blind. A list of these libraries appears regularly in the January 

and June numbers of this magazine. 

Readers are required to borrow books from the library designated by the Library of 

Congress to serve their respective territories. 

In the lists which follow, the first book notation in every instance should be 

credited to the Book Review Digest unless another source is given. 

Corwin, Edward S. The President: office and powers. 7v 1941 BIA 

Professor Corwin has long been kuc-wrP-s one of the outstanding students of the 
American Constitution, and this book is in many ways his most remarkable 
achievement. With abundant knowledge and with great clarity he describes the 
working of the Presidential office in a fashion that makes it a living and real 
institution. If the book has a defect it is the care with which Professor 
Corwin has suppressed his own view of the evolving future, 

Ewen, David, ed. The book of modern composer 3 5v 1942 HlvIP 

Studies of twenty-nine outstanding present-day composers. Each study has brief 
biographical sketch, personal notes, a discussion of the composer's works by 
an authority, and in most cases a short sketch by the composer himself. 

Humphreys, W. J. Ways of the weather, a cultural survey of meteorology. 4v 1942 HMP 
The book by Dr. Humphreys, for thirty years meteorological physicist in the U.S. 
Weather Bureau, is a complete handbook about the weather for everyone, groundlings 
as well as "bird-men." Without recourse to mathematical formulae, it discusses 
authoritatively the chief problems of weather and climate, dispelling many pop- 
ular fallacies and giving the correct answers to questions that all of us have 
frequently asked about the most popular topic of conversation in all communities 
at all times. 

Sheean, Vincent. Between the thunder and the sun. 4v 1943 CPH 

More "personal history" by the first and best known of the foreign-correspondent- 
turned authors. Concerned at first with summer musical festival at Salzburg 
and conversations with famous persons, family connections and friends of his 
wife (daughter of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson); later develops into more 
serious commentary on mind and temper of the French people before occupation of 
Paris, of the British during big air raids, the Americans in 1940-41, and finally 
the Chinese and inhabitants of Pacific islands along clipper route just before 
Pearl Harbor. 

Shridharani, Krishnalal. Warning to the west. 2v 1942 BIA 

Author of "My India, my America" discusses concrete and crucial issues, not of 
India alone, but of all Asia. Gives picture of India in the war and advises 
change in our thinking on Eastern problems. 

Stevenson, Dorothy Emily, Crooked Adam. 3v 1942 CPH 

Adam Southey, teacher in a boys' school, was called Crooked Adam because he was 
badly crippled, but the boys agreed that in truth he was "straight as a die," 
It irked Adam that while others fought he must teach, but the time came when, 
without thinking of his own safety he was able to save his country from disaster. 

Tregaskis, Richard. Guadalcanal diary, 3v 1943 BIA 

Day-by-day account of the landing of the American marines on Guadalcanal Island, 
and their experiences from July to September, 1942. Written by a war correspond 
ent who accompanied the troops. 



Wolfe, Thomas. The hills beyond; with a note on Thomas Wolfe, by Edward C. Aswell. 
4v CPH 

Posthumous collection of some of Thomas Wolfe's shorter, hitherto unprinted 
works. The first half of the book is about the Joyner clan, which settled in 
North Carolina in the early nineteenth cen'ouryo The rest of the book is made 
up of short nbaracter studies, many of them satirical. 

Ybarra, T. R. Young man of the world. 3v 1942 BIA 

The "Young Man of Caracas" continues the story of his life in another gay 
■volume. He describes the family flittings from Boston to South .America or Europe 
and back during the^ years of his growing up, and the resultant educational 
difficulties. He describes his years at Harvard, his later experiences as a 
European correspondent, and ends with his life in New York, where he has 
settled, at least temporarily • 


Talking Books 
(These books are provided by the U. S. Government) 

Alarcon, Pedro Antonio de. The three-cornered hatj translated from the Spanish. 6r 
1927 Read by Alexander Scourby AFB 

An Andalusian folk tale put into permanent literary form. The story is mis- 
chievous, sparkling and rather broad in its implications; it has formed the 
basis for four comic operas, (in container with "The King of the Cats," by 
Stephen Benet and "Little Sister Su," by Mme. Chiang) 

Benet, Stephen Vincent. The king of the cats, lr 1929 Read by Lauren Gilbert AFB 
From the volume Thirteen o'clock; stories of several worlds, (in container 
with "The Three-Cornered Hat," by Alarcon and "Little Sister Su," by Mme. Chiang) 

Beneft, Stephen Vincent. Stories of American history. 7r 1937-1940 Read by 
Alexander Scourby AFB 
The die-hard, and Johnny Pye and the fool-killer. A tooth for Faul Revere. 
Jacob and the Indians. O'Halloran's luck. Freedom's a hard-bought thing, 
(in container with "Tales of the Pampas," by W. H. Hudson) 

Bledsoe, Warren. Fiddle Longspay. 16r 1942 Read by Lauren Gilbert AFB 

A light, entertaining novel about a family of Maryland aristocrats, the 
Longspays of Swithinsgift. The main thread of the story concerns Beauchamp 
(Fiddle) one of /the numerous grandsons of the head of the house, and his 
innocent propensity for getting into scrapes. 

Byrne, Donn. Blind Raftery. 5r 1924 Read by John Brewster aFB 

Blind Raftery, the singer and weaver of verse, is the central figure of this 
Irish tale which is set in the Connaught hills. This book should be road 
aloud, if anyone ever does read aloud these days, that the music of its rhythm 
may echo like the strings of the blind singer's harp. 

Chiang, May-ling Soong. Little sister Su. lr 1942 Read by Ethel Everett AFB 
Little Sister Su iga famous Chinese folk tale which concerns the daughter of 
a notable scholar of the Soong dynasty who had been so well educated and steeped 
in culture that her father was hard pressed to find a suitable husband for her. 
(in container with "Kind of Cats," by Stephen Benet, and "The Three-Cornered 
Hat," by Alarcon) 

Douglas, Lloyd C. Disputed passage. 2pts 28r 1938 Read by George Patterson APH 
An eminent neurologist, notod for his sarcastic comments, discovers among his 
students a young man who is brave enough to defy him and earnest enough to work 
his way to the top. Despite the bitter personal antagonism between the two, 
they work together on a basis of mutual respect until eventually they no longer 
dispute the passage with each other. (Available also in braille) 



Henry, Gene, pseudonym. Miss Bronska. 13r 1941 Read by Kenneth Meeker APH 

Miss Bronska was a Polish refugee, delighted to be in England and to be allowed « 
to work in an underground canteen. She was tiny and bright-eyed and quick in 
her movements - not unlike a sparrow, but much more effective. Through her 
almost miraculous perception and instinctive tact, Miss Bronska retrieved a 
blinded RAF officer from the brink of insanity and converted him into a highly 
useful citizen. This was just one of Miss Bronska 1 s thank offerings to the 
haven that was England. Some of these chapters have appeared in the Saturday 
Evening Post. 

Hudson, W. H. Tales of the pampas. 9r 1916 Read by Alexander Scourby AFB 

Book of short stories: Contents: El Ombuj Story of a piebald horse j Pelino 
Viera's confessions; Nino Diablo* Marta Riquelmej Tecla and the little man. 
Hudson is a stylist whose books are rich in beautiful lyric prose, (in con- 
tainer with "Stories of American History," by Stephen Bene't) 

Knight, Eric. This above all. 2pts 35r 1941 Read by Alexander Scourby AFB 
A story of England in the fall of 1940. The protagonist is Clive Briggs, 
an Englishman of the lower classes, self-educated and thoughtful. Clive has 
fought and fought well for England but doubts have arisen in his mind as to 
whether England is worth fighting for. Then he meets Prue Cathaway, daughter 
of well-to-do parents, and as their love affair develops she attempts to win 
him over to her point of view. Clive is fatally injured in an air raid but not 
before Prue has won her battle. (Available also in braille) 

Paine, Thomas. Tom Paine presented by Dos Passes. (Living thoughts library) 12r 
Read by Lauren Gilbert AFB 

Selections from writings of important authors which are representative of their 
works. Other Talking Books from this series are: Karl Marx, presented l"v Leon 
Trotsky j and Mich&T Montaigne, presented by Andre Gide. 

Thirkell, Angela. Marling Hall. 20r 1942 Read by John Brewster AFB 

Chronicle of the life and pursuits of the English county families and their 
friends in modern Barchester during the months preceding Pearl Harbor. They are 
carrying on in traditional British fashion in the face of rationing and changed 
conditions of living, and the telling of the story is quiet and witty. 

Trumbull, Robert. The raft. 9r 1942 Read by Lauren Gilbert AFB 

The day-by-day account of the experiences of three American navy fliers whose 
plane was wrecked in the Pacific. For thirty-four days the three drifted - or 
sailed, as they proudly put it - in an eight-by-four -foot rubber raft, "without 
food, equipment, or even clothes for a time. They covered a distance of some 
thousand miles before they reached an inhabited atoll and were rescued by the 
Navy. The story is told in the first person as Dixon, the leader of the three, 
told it to the author, a Honolulu newspaper man. 

Walpole, Horace. Castle of Otranto, 8r Read by John Brewster. AFB 

First published in 1764 » "A famous novel of the mystery and terror school 
popular in the 18th century. One supernatural horror follows another until 
finally the castle falls in ruins." Standard Catalog 

Werfel, Franz. Song of Bernadettej translated by Lud\vig Lewisohn. 2pts o5r 1942 
Read by John Brewster AFB 

On February 11, 1858, a poor, miserable, asthmatic, rather dull-witted, but 
imaginative fourteen-year-old g&rl, Bernadette Soubirous, had a vision of a 
"beautiful lady," a vision later declared by the Church to be a true evocation 
of the Holy Virgin. In the last days of June, 1940, the author Franz Werfel, in 
desperate flight from the Nazis, found himealf at Lourdcs. In the extremity of 
his distress he vowed that he would some day write the story of Berra'otte so 
that he might magnify, even in our inhuman era "the divine mystery and holiness 
of man," The Song of Bernadette is the fulfillment of that vow. 
(Available in braille) 

Wilde, Oscar. The happy prince, lr 1888 Read by Eva Lo Gallienne AFB 
A fairy tale. (Available in braille) 




Wodehouse, P.G. Money in the bank. 15r 1942 Read by Lauren Gilbert AFB 

Lord Uffenham had converted all his wealth into diamonds for safe keeping, and 
then absent-mindedly forgot where he put them. Unfortunately the unsuspecting 
Englishman confided his loss to a member in good standing of the Chicago 
underworld, with results almost too complicated to follow. 

Hand-copied Books 

(A partial list of recent additions 
the location of hand-copied books, 
grade l|) 

Our information is not complete in regard to 
Unless otherwise noted, these bocks are in 

Cabot, Richard C. Christianity and sex. 1937 NLB 
Fadiman, Clifton. Reading I've liked. 23v 1941 NLB 

A personal selection drawn from two decades of reading and reviewing, presented 
£ with an informal prologue and various commentaries. Among the authors included 

are: Eve Curie, Thomas Mann, W. Somerset Maugham, Virginia Woolf, Ring Lardner, 
Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Jules domains, A.E. Coppard, Max Beerbohm, 
Katherine Anne Porter, Oliver Wendell Holmes. 

Hill, Grace L. Partners. 4v 1940 Fiction NLB 

Hill, Grace L. Voico in the wilderness. 6v Fiction NLB 

Miller, Catherine A. Private enemy number one. 3v Fiction NLB 

Rothery, Agnes. South American roundabout. 3v LC, NLB 

Description, history, social life and customs of e a ch of the South American 
countries, taken in geographical order. For grades five to seven. 
"Such a well written and picturesque account of the fascinating countries below 
the Isthmus that we are only sorry it is not a littlo longer, particularly the 
chapter on Bolivar." Catholic World. 
A Sangster, Margaret E. All through the day. 2v NLB 

Sangster, Margaret E. Flower wagon and other stories. Fiction NLB 
A Street, James H, Tap roots, llv NLB 

Long novel of an anti-slavery section of Mississippi from 1858 to 1865. The 
Dabneys, early settlers and aristocrats of the valley, with their beautiful 
women and brave men, maintain their leadership even when a Southern regiment 
is sent to stamp out their rebellion. With the land and very little else 
of their possessions left, the Dabneys begin life anew after the destructive 
onslaught of the Southern troops. 

Wartime Cooking 

Karla Longree 
Associate Professor of Foods and Nutrition 

Editor's note: This article represents a slight departure in our editorial policy 
but owing to the never failing interest in the gentle art of cooking - an interest 
accentuated now by wartime conditions - we believe it will be of value to many of our 
readers. We are fortunate in having this contribution from such an authority as Pr« 
Longree. A list of cookbooks available in braille follows this article . 

Like so many other women in the world, the American housewife who is blind is 
faced with the problem how to keep her family well nourished and satisfied with the 
more limited supplies of standard foodstuffs available in the present food situation. 



No doubt, she will have to revise her cookery by using imagination and ingenuity. 
She will have to acquire a greater knowledge regarding the foodstuffs that a person 
needs in order to be healthy. She also will have to acquaint herself with some of 
the materials that will have to assume a most important role in our dietary, - 
meat alternatea, such as soybeans, peanuts, kidneybeans and pinto-beans. Too much 
of our cookery is still based on traditions which may have been useful once upon a 
time, but do not represent the best we know today. 

Some of the facts discovered during this war in British and ^erican families 
are that one can live in excellent health upon very simple diet** and that the 
natural foods that are abundant in our country can be used in combinations that are 
tasty and entirely adequate for good health. 

When we wish to introduce something new which we know will be valuable to many 
people it is essential that the recommendations we give work well and give satisfact- 
ory results. In cookery this means: The recipe should be simple to follow and result 
in an attractive as well as a palatable dish. A first failure with a new foodstuff - 
and soybeans may be a novelty to a good many people - can be so thoroughly discourag- 
ing to a housewife, that she will give up and never try again. In many families the 
call to the dinner table means more than just "come and get it," it is the time when 
the whole family will meet to discuss the days events, plans for the morrow and feel 
relaxed and at ease. Most housewives have so much professional pride that a failure 
on her cookery part will be very much discouraging to her and she will easily fall 
back on her old favored recipes that she knows will be a success. 

The recipes that will be included in this article have been tested and worked 
out by the Experimental Cookery Classes at the Division of Home Economics of Hampton 
Institute. They are simple and therefore can be expected to be useful for the blind 
housewife and student of Home Economics. They involve the use of plant proteins 
that will largely supplement our familiar animal proteins. Nutritionists have proven 
their nutritive value, now it is our problem to make them popular with the American 
family. Other recipes give suggestions as how to extend the limited meat supply and 
how to make our home-grown vegetables more interesting. Some deal with the use of 


Soybeans: Soybeans are very rich in good protein; compared with other foods, 
theycontain approximately twice as much protein as meat or fish, one and one-half times 
as much protein as cheese, peas or navy-beans, three times as much protein as eggs 
or whole wheat flour and ten times as much protein as milk. They are also very high 
in fat and thus in fuel value.* 

In contrast to other beans, such as the navy or kidney bean, soybeans contain 
practically no starch. This is important to know to the cook since she cannot expect 
the soybean to be mealy when it is cooked to donenessj it will always retain a nutty 
consistency. Not only is it important that soybeans are so nutritious but they are 
also very cheap considering the food value received. Today the soybean has found its 
way to the market in many forms, - in the green bean, dry bean, flour and grits and 
incorporated into such carbohydrate foods as macaroni, spaghetti and noodles. Yftien 
sprouted, the mature soybean can be made into delicious dishes and will combine the 
virtues of the dry bean with those of a fresh vegetable. *The soybean is rich in the 
important A and B complex vitamins. Its mineral content is good, especially in such 
important minerals as calcium and iron, 

Tho preparation of the dried soybeans is much like that of any other dried 
legume. Soak overnight, then simmer slowly. Cooking time varies from 2-4 hours, 
according to variety. The bean swells considerably during soaking and one rup of 
dried beans may swell from 2j? to 3^- times in volume. 





Soybean Casserole Dish (Serves ten) 

1-g- cups bacon, dicodj or 3/4 cup salt pork, diced 

2 cups celery, chopped 

2 tablespoons green pepper, chopped 

1 medium onion, chopped 

4 tablespoons flour 

2 cups milk 

■g- teaspoon paprika 

z£ teaspoon pepper 

1 tablespoon salt 

2 cups cooked soybeans 

Brown the salt pork in a sauce pan. Stir in the flour. Add the vegetables, milk 
and seasonings. Stir until the mixture boils and is thickened. Add the soybeans 
and pour into a greased baking dish. Govor with a cup of buttered broad crumbs or 
corn flakes. Bake thirty minutes in a moderate oven (350 °F.) 

Baked Soybeans (Serves eight) 

1 1/8 cups dry soybeans 
l/3 cup celery, diced 
1 small onion, grated 
1 tablespoon salt 
1 teaspoon mustard 

2 tablespoons syrup or molasses 
1 tablespoon brown sugar 

1 teaspoon black pepper 

-5- to ■§ teaspoon red pepper 

2 cups stewed tomatoes 

2 tablespoons chili sauce or catsup 

Wash beans j soak over night in cold water. Then boil until done; there should be 

very little water left. Place beans in baking dish. Combine all other ingredients 

and pour over beans. Cover top with strips of bacon or salt pork and bake at 400° F 
for two hours or until sauce is thick. 

Soybean Loaf (Serves eight) 

2 cups cooked soybeans, mashed 

■g- cup bread crumbs 

2 egg-s 

jg cup milk 

1 green pepper, chopped 

2 tablespoons grated onion 
4 tablespoons shortening 
■§• cup tomato paste 
1 tablespoon celery salt 

Mix all ingredients thoroughly, 
minutes in a moderate oven. 

Put into greased baking dish and bake for thirty 

Soybean and Sweet Potato Casserole (Serves six) 

1 cup cooked soybeans, mashed 

2 tablespoons fat 

2 tablespoons flour 
1 cup milk 

2 medium-sized sweet potatoos, 
cooked, then slicod 

1 small onion, minced 

2 teaspoons brown sugar 

Combine soybeans and onions. Cover bottom of greased baking dish with sliced sweet 
potatoes. Sprinkle with two teaspoons of brown sugar, then pour half of the soybean 
and onion mixture over the potatoes. Repeat, using potato and sugar first, then 
other mixture. Make white sauce using fat, flour and milk; pour over the top. 
Bake at moderate heat for approximately thirty minutes. 





Peanuts as a Main Dish 

Wc aro usually thinking of peanuts as of toasted, salted tidbits good for after-dinner 
or as inbetween-snacks, but nothing more. However, it is worth trying the peanuts in 
other forms too, especially as a valuable meat alternate. Scientists (one of them 
being the outstanding negro scientist George Washington Carver) have studied the 
peanut and proven its excellent nutritive value. In protein, the peanut exceeds 
meat in amount, although the protein contained in the peanut is not as "good" i.e. 
complete as that of the soybean or meat. Regarding minerals, the peanut has to make 
a valuable contribution; it is also a fair source of thiamin (vitamin Bl) . Some 
peanut varieties may be used with the red skins left on; this is a desirable practice 
since these skins are very rich in thiamin. 

Peanut Soup, using vegetable liquor (Serves four) 

I2 cups vegetable "liquor "-i.e. water in 
which vegetables or potatoes had been 

■k onion, diced 

4. cup peanuts, raw 

2 tablespoons margarine 

2 tablespoons peanut flour 

2 cups milk 

-g teaspoon celery seed g" teaspoon salt 

parsley to taste 
Soak peanuts over night. Cook until done; grind or chop very fine. Saute onions in 
fat then make a white sauce of the fat-and-onion mixture, milk, flour and seasonings. 
Add the ground peanuts, sprinkle finely-cut parsley on top and servo. 

Baked Peanuts (Serves eight) 

1 lb. untoasted peanuts 
1 can (No, 2-g) tomatoes 

1 medium onion 

2 tablespoons molasses 

2 tablespoons brown sugar 
x teaspoon dry mustard 
■g- +-easpoon black pepper 
1 teaspoon chili pepper 

2 tablespoons chili sauce or tomato paste 

Salt to taste. Soak peanuts over night in water to cover. Boil gently for one hour 
and a half or until tender. There should bo very little water left. Combine all 
ingredients with the Loiled peanuts. Place in a baking dish and bake in a moderate 
oven (350°F.) for about two hours or until sauce is thick. 

Brown Rice and Peanut Casserole (Serves six) 

■g cup brown rice 

i teaspoon salt 

g- cup boiling water 

1 cup milk, scalded 

1 whole egg, slightly beaten 

3/4 cup corn flakes, crushed 

1 tablespoon margarine 

■g cup toasted, salted peanuts, chopped, 

white of 1 egg, beaten stiff 
■g- teaspoon pepper 
1 medium onion, grated 

Wash rice and place in the top of a double boiler. Add salt and boiling water; cover*. 
Cook until rice has absorbed the water. Then add milk, stirring rice lightly to mix 
well. Cover again and cook until rice is done. Remove from heat; add slightly beat- 
en egg, fat, seasonings, 5 cup of corn flakes and peanuts, chopped coarsely. Mix -.sell 
and fold in the white of one egg, beaten stiff. Pour into a greased casserole and 
sprinkle the remaining corn flakes on top. Bake for 25 minutes at ?75°f. Serve with 
tomato sauce. 



Peanut Flour Cookies (Two dozen small cookies) 

g- cup lard 
l/6 cup sugar 
l/6 cup Karo syrup 
1 egg 

3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted 
x cup peanut flour, sifted 
•£■ teaspoon almond flavoring 
g- cup oatmeal or rolled oata 

Cream lard and sugar. Add Karo syrup and continue creaming. Sift cake flour and 
peanut flour and combine with fat-sugar mixture. Last add oatmeal and flavoring. 
Drop onto greased baking sheet and bake in a moderate oven. 

Mashed potatoes, enriched and flavored with chicken fat (Serves four) 

4 medium-sized white potatoes 
g- teaspoon salt 

3" cup hot milk 

3 tablespoons chicken fat 

Cook potatoes; mash. Add fat and seasonings. Use enough hot milk to moisten well, 
Also potatoes may be baked, the content scooped from the shell, mashed, seasoned 
and put back into the half shells and browned before serving. 

Ham Finale (Serves four) 

1 cup milk 

3 tablespoons flour 

1 cup left-over ham, cubed 

l/8 teaspoon pepper 

3 medium white potatoes, sliced thin 
2 tablespoons margarine 
3/4 teaspoon salt 

Grease casserole and cover bottom with a layer of potatoes, using one third of the 
entire amount. Sprinkle with part of the salt, pepper, fi.. <xr and fat. Add one half 
of the cubed ham, then start again with potatoes, until there are three layers of 
the potato mixture and two layers of ham. Add milk last. Bake at 400°F. for 
approximately one hour. 

Vegetables made more interesting 
Sweet Sauerkraut (Serves eight) 

2 cups sauerkraut 

2 cups stewed tomatoes 

3 tablespoons sugar 

4 tablespoons flour 
4 tablespoons fat 

To make it sweeter, you may soak the sauerkraut for a while (not longer than one hour) 
in cold water; drain. Puree the tomatoes and strain thru sieve. Prepare a white 
sauce of the fat, flour and strained tomatoes; add sugar and allow to dissolve, then 
kraut. Heat thoroughly before soring. 

lg tablespoons margarine 
2 tablespoons flour 
g- cup milk 

Carrot Souffle (Serves six) 

3 eggs, separated 

1 cup cooked carrots, diced 

g teaspoon salt 

■g tespoon pepper 


Sour Beans on Brown Rice (Serves six) 


2 oz . bacon 

1 green pepper, chopped 

1 small onion, sliced thin 

2 cups cooked string beans, cut 3 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice 
lengthwise before boiling 1-g- cups brown rice, cooked 

1§ cupe grated cheese, if desired 

1 cup stewed tomatoes 
ij| teaspoons salt 
g- teaspoon pepper 

Cut bacon into small cubes and fry. Remove cracklings from pan and save. Saute 
pepper and onion in fat; when almost done add tomatoes, beans, salt, pepper and 
vinegar (lemon juice). Simmer until thoroughly blended; then add cracklings. Before 
serving place rice into serving dish, pour the vegetable mixture over rice and sprinkle 
top with cheese, if desired. 

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Apples (Serves four) 

2 medium-sized apples 

1-g- medium-sized sweet potatoes 

cup sugar 
jg teaspoon salt 

lg- teaspoons margarine 

Cook the sweet potatoes until tender; cool, then skin and slice. Pare and core 
the apples; slice. Place potato and apple slices in alternate layers into greased 
casserole; sprinkling each layer with sugar and salt and dotting it with margarine. 
Add a little water and bake in moderate oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the 
apples are soft and the ^ p layer brown. 

List of Braille Cookbooks* 

v £erridge House recipe book; with index. 2v 

'Claire, Mabel. The busy woman's cookbook; or, cooking 

by the clock, lv 

—Cox, L.V., editor. 103 
ftffihe Davis Mystery chef. 


selected recipes, lv 
The little book of excellent recipes and 

cooking tips 3v 
m Farmer, Fannie M. The Boston Cooking-school cookbook. 2v 
— Fisher, M.F. How to cook a wolf. 2v ~ £ t. Sh^*/ 7 " 

• Porch, Louise, compiler. The Chicago Lighthouse cookbook. lv"*T £ ;*^ 

Robertson, Georgia. Efficiency in homemaking. 2v &*J£2~~ 

'Rogers, L. W., compiler. A vegetarian cookbook; good health from right diet. 

Van Deman, Ruth. Aunt Sammy's radio recipes, lv 

Wade, M. L« Book of potato cookery; more than one hundred recipes suitable 
for the tables of rich and poor aliko showing how to prepare 
economical and nutritious dishes from the noblo tuber, lv 

* Additions to this list will be appreciated. 

"White Sahib" Psychology, a World Menace 


Mr. Shridharani's warning to the West is that it must take a Nehru or get 
a Bose — Nehru the Indian Nationalist and ally of Germany and Japan. What would 
happen to the West if it got Bose he does not make quite clear. Presumably India— 
and the rest of ^sia as well--would align itself with the Fasaist powers now and 
later perhaps array itself in a gigantic war against the white race. What the Y/est 
must do to avoid Bose also is not made quite clear. Presumably it must give Asia 
what it wants, which, one infers, is complete independence of the West. As a first 
step America must compel its Western allies "to rid themselves of imperial interest." 
Mr. Shridharani does not explain how America would proceed to force Great Britain 
out of India if Groat Britain refused to go. 

What matters most in this book is not the force of its arguments, which 
sometimes are questionable, but the fact that these are the arguments that so many 
^ men in Asia are making, especially in India. Even if they are wrong, the fact that 
™ they so believe is a potent political fact. And with the substance of Mr. 

Shridharani's arguments most Indians at least would, I think, agree. 
1 The case itself is not easy to summarize. In fact, Shridharani has rather 

let himself go. In some 275 pages he touches of the history of the world, the 
development of culture, comparative civilization, comparative racial psychology, 
Japanese, Chinese and Hindu philosophy, Asiatic goopolitik and considerably more. 
And some rather pat sentences would take a deal of proving. At the same time there 
are flashes of keen insight into Eastern history and the content and spirit of 
East-West relations. 

The most solid part of the book and the part that states the innermost 
position of most Asiatics best is the chapter entitled "The White Sahib of India." 
The heart of Mr. Shridharani's position and his country's position is in the 
sentence: "To the Indian people, the Anglo-Saxon self-confidence, its quiet assump- 
tion of superiority, was far more unpalatable than any economic exploitation or 
military defeat." In only slightly lesser degree the same could be said for Chinese 
,£ or any other Asiatics? in lesser degree, because nowhere else was white arrogance 
so egregious, so smug, so infuriating as in India. 

In the first place, there was "the British attitude c£ regarding everything 
) native to India as inferior". . .or anything native to China, or Malaya, or Japan or 

Korea. Therefore "Western culture came to India in the form of little favors grantee 
to the rulers by the ruled." 

In the second place and even more important was the overbearing insolence 
of the white man, his contemptuous attitude toward men of the native races in per- 
sonal relations, regardless of their standing in native life and their personal 
attainments. Mr. Shridharani is on his solidest ground when he says that "the White 
Sahib East of Suez... is one of the profoundest causes of the revolt of Asia against 
the West." It would be better to say he is the main cause. He is the explanation of 
the overstatements of all the Shridharanis and the psychology out of which over- 
statements arise, he is the explanation of the uncompromising attitude of the 
Shridharanis of all the Eastern peoples. For the Shridharanis he constitutes a better 
argument than most of the retouched historical and philosophical arguments they 
usually put forth. 

More for its revelation of attitude than its intellectual content is this 
book worth reading, necessary to read. These aro the things a large part of the 
world is thinking. Some of them may bo logically untenable, still more of them can 
be successfully defer 3ed. But they are ebbing thought. They are the stuff or world 
politics, of coming history. They had better be understood. We may not get a Bose, 
may not see Asia go to the Axis; but if we do not take account in time of what is 
gathering, we shall be layimg up for ourselves generations of turmoil and torment. 



Volume 12 

A Guide to Braille and Talking Book Publications 

November* 1943 

Number 10 

Published Monthly, Except August, in Braille and in Mimeographed Form 

By the 
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Book Announcements 

Press-made Braille Books 
Talking Books 
Hand-copied Books 
John Gunther, from The New York Herald 

Tribune Books 
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: 
A Book Review 





Book Announcements 
Press-made Braille Books 


All press-made books here noted are provided by the Federal government. Copies 
of these government-supplied books are placed in the twenty-seven regional li- 
braries which serve the blind, A list of these libraries appears regularly in 
the January and June numbers of this magazine. 

Readers are required to borrow books from the library designated by the Library 
of Congress to serve their respective territories. 

In the lists which follow, the first book notation in every instance should be 
credited to the Book Review Digest unless another source is given* 

Allen, Hervey. The forest and the fort. 3v 1943 APR" 

The first in a series of six historical novels about frontier life in America 
during the eighteenth century. Salathiel Albine, sometimes called Little 
Turtle, captured by the Shawnees when a child, is the central figure. He was 
brought up as the chief* s son until he was grown and then allowed to return 
to the white man's world. In besieged Fort Pitt, in 1763, Sal began his 
training and his return to the ways of his forefathers. 

Angell, Norman. Let the people know. 3v 1942 CPH 

It is not going to be easy to remove the many deepseated sources of Anglo- 
American friction to which Mr. Angell refers. But it will do no good to 
gloss over them. They should be brought out into the open, as Mr. Angell 
has done, discussed, treated, and dispelled. Here is a job, a concrete 
assignment, to which patriotio citizens not otherwise engaged in war work 
might well devote their time. If the United States and Great Britian can 
stick together as effectively after the war as they are doing during the 
war, the prospects of a roal victory are very bright. 

Belden, Jack. Retreat with Stilwell. 4v 1943 CPH 

Vivid account of the fighting in Burma, after the invasion by the Japanese, 
followed by the absolute defeat of the allied forces. The second part is a 
description of the flight across Burma to India of a little band of soldiers, 
civilians, and Burmese nurses, led by the American, Lieutenant General Stil- 
well, the only officer who had backbone enough to admit defeat. 

Carpenter, Margaret. Experiment perilous • 3v 1943 BIA 

"Experiment Perilous" undoubtedly sots a precedent. It is a first novel 
written by a grandmother. It is, moreover, not only an expertly written 
first novel but one of intricately contrived suspense and latent horror. 

Crofts, F. W. Fear oomes to Chalfont. 3v NIB Braille panda #70 (Not a 
publication of the U.S. Government) 

A typical Chief Inspector French case, in which every clue is followed with 
impeccable patience and skill. A corpse which keeps a rendezvous and French's 
young assistant, Sergeant Rollo, are attractions. 

Denny, Harold. Behind both lines. 2v 1942 BIA 

In November 1941, the author, an American war correspondent, was caught in 
the front line of battle in Libya and captured by the Germans* This book 
is a record of his experiences in prison camps in Italy and Germany and his 
eventual release. 

Evelyn Lee's cook book, edited by Marian Manners. 2v Grade 1-g- BIA 

This is not a publication of the U.S« Government but the Library of Congress 
is placing copies in the 27 regional libraries for the blind. If you wish 
to buy the book, write to the Braille Institute of America, 741 North Ver- 
mont Avenue, Los Angeles, California, for further information. This book 
presents 259 suggestions, proved practical by an immaculate blind homemaker, 
of exceptional ability as cook and housekeeper. Those suggestions show ways 
and means, other than by physical sight, whereby the blind cook may learn 
how to prepare the foods in the mixing bowls. They show how to separate an 





egg, how to measure and weigh accurately and how to make use of leftovers. 
Special attention is directed to oven menus and one-dish meals which arc 
popular with blind cooks. Another advantage of importance is the arrange- 
ment of the recipes in two columns on a standard size braille page. This 
makes it possible to start each ingredient on a now line, as is done in 
letter-press cook books, without wasting much space. Directions for using 
all recipes are set forth in paragraph form. Both of the so arrangements 
facilitate ready reference • 

Forester, Cecil Scott. The ship. 2v 1943 BIA 

A tale of a naval engagement in the Mediterranean in 1942. The story is 
told, following item for item the captain's report, as it appeared to var- 
ious members of the crew of a British light cruiser on convoy duty. 

Grew, J. C, Report from Tokyo. 2v NIB Braille panda #71 (Not a publication 
of the U.S. Government) 

America's Ambassador to Tokyo for the ten years before Pearl Harbor tells 
why the Japanese think they can win this war, and what we must do to defeat 
them. The book owes its origin to the writer's alarm at finding how danger- 
ously most Americans underrated their Japanese enemy. 

Holt, Rackham. George Washington Carver? an American biography. 4v 1943 CPH 
Biography of the distinguished Negro scientist, one of the pioneers in 
chemurgy and scientific agriculture. He was born of slave parents in Missouri, 
and after his mother's death, was brought up by a white family. His youth 
was spent in wandering from place to place, working at various occupations, 
in order to earn money for an education. In 1896 he wont to Tuskegee, where 
he became famous for his work with the peanut and sweet potato, from which 
he produced hundreds of by-products. Dr. Carver died in 1943. 

Jeans, Sir James. Physics and philosophy. 3v 1943 APH 

Sir James Jeans discusses with his usual brilliance the philosophical im- 
plications of modern physical theory, particularly tho quantum theory that 
has resulted from exploring the realm of the very small. His main conclus- 
ion is that most of the general philosophical questions which the nineteenth- 
century physicist thought he had answered are still open. Causality, inde- 
terminacy, probability are all measures of human knowledge or ignorance* 

Leacock, Stephen. How to write. 3v 1943 APH 

A book of advice, humorous and wise, addressed to young writers by a famous 
exponent of the art. Mr. Leacock' s final paragraphs contain the philosophy 
of his work: "The main idea is that writing originates in thinking. The 
basis of thinking is sincerity and interest in the world around us. If you 
can add a kindly good will towards man that is an even firmer base. Writing 
can never be achieved by learning what to avoid and what to leave out. 
Writing comes from having something to say and trying hard to say it» 

Quintanilla, Luis. A Latin American speaks. 3v 1943 BIA 

Mexican diplomat and writer, with firm faith in democracy, attempts to present 
sincere, unbiased account of present-day America, viewed as a unit rather than 
from limited angle of North, Central, or South America. Dividing his book 
into three parts, national conditions, inter-American relations, and America's 
international role, author presents economic problems common to the Americas, 
analyzes Monroe Doctrine, traces growth of Pan-Americanism from Bolivar's 
Congress of Panama in 1826 to Roosevelt's Good Neighbor policy, then 
optimistically predicts part Inter-Americanism will play in establishment 
of new world order after war. 

Tarkington, Booth. Kate Fennigate. 4v 1942 BIA 

Kate Fennigate was a good, but managing, woman, and her chief penchant was 
managing those she loved. At twelve Kate tried managing her father, but met 
with little success. Then she turned to the head of Roe Metal Works, and 
was fairly successful. But "Cousin Ames" was her life workx she loved hin 
from the time she was sixteen, and could not forbear making him do those 
things she thought were for his own good. Both before and after she married 




him, Kate was Ames* undercover manager, but things came to a crisis when the 
beautiful Laila tried to wreck the marriage. 

White, William Lindsay. Queens die proudly. 3v 1943 APH 

The "queens" are flying fortresses, and the author of "They Were Expendable" 
gives his account in the words of one of their crews. It is the story of 
our air force, as exemplified by the captain and crew of The Swooso, the only 
survivor of the 19th bombardment group to roach America after the battles in 
the Pacific southwest. Beginning with the attack on the Philippines the 
little group of survivors retreated slowly to Australia, via Gelebes, Borneo, 
Sumatra, Java, Timor, and New Guinea. 

Wu Cheng-en« Monkey; translated from the Chinese by Arthur Waley. 4v 1943 APH 
Widely read folk novel of China. Follows the adventures of a superhuman, 
mythical creature, "Monkey," who accompanied Tripitaka (Hsuan-tsang) on a 
mission to India to procure the teachings of Buddha for the Chinese. 

Talking Books 
(These books are provided by the U. S. Government) 

Anderson, Sherwood. Winesburg, Ohio; a group of tales of Ohio small-town life. 
14r 1919 Read by George Patterson APH 

Contents: Hands; Paper pills; Mother; Philosopher; Nobody knows; Godliness; 
Surrender; Terror; Man of ideas; Adventure; Respectability; Thinker; Tandy; 
Strength of God; Teacher; Loneliness; Awakening; "Queer"; Untold lie; Drink; 
Death; Sophistication; Departure* 

Fast, iioward. The last frontier. 15r 1941 Read by Lauren Gilbert AFB 

In 1878 a group of some three hundred Cheyenne Indians, worn out with unfair 
conditions at the reservation in Oklahoma, departed after due warning, and 
started for their old home in the Powder River country* This is the story 
of that pitiful hegira, and of the attempts of the United States army to 
capture them. A hundred and fifty of them were killed, but about that number 
■*- also reached their destination. 

<l Ficke, Arthur Davison. Mrs. Morton of Mexico, 17r 1939 Read by Peter French APH 
"Story of a series of adventures that revolve around a magnificent old lady 
. and her Mexican neighbors. 

J Here is the color and flavor and fire of timeless Mexico, imprisoned between 

two covers of a smallish volume. Mexico has come alivo even for those of us 
who have never met it in the flesh." Christian Science Monitor 

Hart, J. G, The radio code by the voice code method* 5r 1943 AFB 

Available for sale from the American Foundation for the Blind, 15 West 16 
Street, New York 11, N. Y. Price, including postage and the braille manual, 

This radio code course is designed for those interested in learning the Morse 
code and is based on the principle that, as the Morse code is a language of 
sound, it should be learned entirely by ear. Thero are twenty lessons (two 
on each side of a Talking Book record). Each lesson has been expertly timed 
and graded, with the transmission by the hand of Mr. Hart who has had twenty 
years of experience in radio teaching. Completion of the course gives the 
speed required for the Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator f s License. The 
Talking Book edition is supplemented by a braille manual for the purpose of 
ohecking and to enable the blind student to learn and practice sending, 

Haycox, Ernest. Saddle and ride, 15r 1939 Read by Livingston Gilbert APH 

A plausible, realistic novel of neighboring ranchers and their family troubles. 
There are feuds-- fears*— hatrods- but no Wild West impossibilities. (Available 
also in braille.) 

Haynes, Williams. This chemical age, 2pts 25r 1942 Road by Lauren Gilbert AFE 
Technical facts and aneodotos from the lives of eminent ohemists are skill- 
fully blended to make instructive and fascinating reading. 





Johnson, Oea, Four years in paradise. 21r 1941 Read by Clare Godfrey AFB 
Describes the four years which the Johnsons spent in the uplands of Kenya 
Colony, where they were sent to film wild life for the American Museum of 
Natural History* Osa was an excellent housekeeper, even in the jungle, and 
part of the book is devoted to the recital of her struggles to provide a 
real home - even to corned beof and cabbage - for her hard-working husband, 

Lincoln, Joseph C. The rise of Roscoe Paine, 2pts. 27r 1912 Read by Living- 
ston Gilbert AFH 

This story deals with the life of a young man, known to the villagers as 
Roscoe Bennet, who with his invalid mother is living a life of self-imposed 
exile and inactivity in Dcnboro, to escape the shame of his father -s forger- 
ies and suicide. When the wealthy Mr. Colton comes to town there ensues a 
conflict between the strong characters, and one which incidentally, involves 
the whole community and is complicated by the beautiful daughter of the 
millionaire. The outcome, however, is conventional and satisfactory. 

Melville, Herman. Billy Budd, foretopman. 7r Road by Alexander Scourby AFB 
From the author's "Shorter Novels." Melville is a master of the sea talo. 
He was the literary discoverer of the South seas. (In container with The 

Melville, Herman. The encantadas; or Enchanted isles. 5r Read by Alexander 
Scourby AFB 
From the author's "Shorter Novels," (In container with Billy Budd) 

Sayers, Dorothy L. The nine tailors. 21r 1934 Read by Lauren Gilbert AFB 

One New Year's Eve. Lord Peter Wimsey, driving through a snowstorm, goes off 
the road near Fonchurch St. Paul, and is the chance guest of the rector o A 
providential visit all around, for Peter, acquainted v/ith the ancient art of 
bell ringing, acts that night as a substitute, but further than than, he 
finds use for his versatile mind later, upon the shocking discovery of a 
mutilated corpse in another man's grave. The unusual plot is developed with 
dexterity and ingenuity. 

Hand -copied Books 

(A partial list of recent additions. Our information is not complete in regard 
to the location of hand-copied books. Unless otherwise noted, these books are 
in grade l|r) 

Baker, Dorothy, Young man with a horn* 3v NYPL 

Story of a young American jazz artist who had begun by "fooling around with 
pianos" but soon changed to brass because he had what it takes to make music 
with the horn. The underlying theme of the story is the tragedy of a man's 
life when he is unable to reconcile his art with acceptance of the world at 
large. In a preliminary note the author says the book had its inspiration 
in the music of Leon (Bix) Beidorbecke, but that it is not based on his life. 

Basset, S. W. A son of the sea, 5v LC Fiction 

Hiltner, Seward. Religion and health. 6v NLB 

A book for religious workers which explains the significance of religion for 
physical and mental health. Partial contents: What mental hygiene teaohes 
the church. The religious worker and mental illnesses. Pastoral counseling 
- relation to hospitals and other institutions, 

Hope, Bob. They got me covered, lv Fiction Atlanta 

Hudson, Aloe, Rendezvous. 2v LC 

Three stories of submarine oxploits and adventures, "Rendezvous" in which a 
submarine refuels planes in action; "Up periscope", of a U, S, Naval officer, 
retired because of his deafness, takes command of a Chinese submarine; "North 
of Terschelling," the hide and seek of a German and an English sub as they 
try to destroy eaoh other. 






Hull, Helen, Experiment} four short novels. 5v Fiction Sacramento 

Jackson, S» T. Fanny Crosby* s story of ninety-four years, 2v NYPL NLB 
A biography of the famous blind composer of hymns. 

Kerr, Sophie. The beautiful woman. 6v Fiction LC 

Portrait of a beautiful, but utterly selfish woman. As a child Eve was 
spoiled by her plain older sister, Jenny, who was the practical type, and by 
her great-uncle, George Pennywine, who brought the girls up. as she grew 
older Eve's only interests in life beyond her own blonde loveliness were 
clothes, jewels, and fine houses. Her first husband could not give her these 
things, so he shot himself in order to leave her his war insurance* Her 
second husband, a wealthy older man, regarded Eve as a sweet, innocent child 
and poured out his wealth to keep her happy, When he lost his money Eve 
divorced him to marry a wealthy art oollector. 

Large, L. A. Little stories of well-known Americans. 3v LC St. Louis 

Maugham, Somerset. The summing up. 5v LC Detroit 

This is not, as the author points out, either an autobiography or a book of 
recollections; it is, rather the matured conclusions on writing, art, and 
life which a great writer and a distinguished man has reached in the course 
of a full, and busy life. 

Almost bare of personalities except for the central figure around whom it is 
written. But around that figure there clusters a wealth of allusion, 
ancedote oonfession, and experience sufficient to form a portrait of man and 
artist as complete and absorbing as any that our own day has given us* 

Norris, Kathleen. American Flaggs* 8v NLB (Also available from ARC, Garin 
A story of pride and power, of the strong undertow of family life* 

Plummer, G. W, Consciously creating circumstances 2v NLB Psychology 

Van de Water, F. F. The circling year*- 3v Detroit 

The American League for the Deaf -Blind 

The American League for the Deaf -Blind, 2917 West Bijou Street, Colorado Springs, 
Colorado, announces the publication of an embossed catalog which is new to the 
deaf-blind. At a recent meeting of the Board of Governors it was decided to open 
this Library to the blind of the country* The Library carries no governments 
owned books but has a number of titles not to be found elsewhere* 








John Gunther 
From the New York Herald Tribune Books 

It didn*t happen designedly to most of them. They were doing a job, they were 
covering a story, as foreign correspondents have always done. They had front 
seats at the news-reel theater of the world and the news-reel went by, with 
assassinations and elections and scandals and the tramp of marching men. Big 
faces, saying big words, appeared on the screen and disappeared — some kept com- 
ing back some suddenly flickered out. But it was their business to send the news 
home and they did so - - the news of the rest of the world that New York and Des 
Moines and Chicago and San Francisco would read in the morning papers or hear at 
the turn of a dial. Only, what was the news? 

Because they tried to find out what the real news was — the dictator-bites- 
country news as well as the man-bites-dog news — we have had, in the truce be- 
tween two wars and in this war itself, about the best foreign coverage of any 
nation in the world. Not all of the guesses were right, not all of the portraits 
accurate. There were warning that went unheeded and bets on the wrong horse. 
Nevertheless, and by and large, the information was made available — not merely 
the noise of the shooting but what the shooting was about. And, contrary to the 
accepted movie canon, the correspondents who got that information did not depend 
exclusively on a nose for news, an American accent and a brandy-flask. They 
worked at their jobs, and worked hard. They dug into background, they got under 
the skin. And that background included politics and economics, finance and 
commerce and the spirit and ways of peoples. 

Lot us take a look at one page of the index of one book — John Gunter f s "Inside 
Europe," The page begins with a reference to labor conditions in Spain and ends 
with Henry Cabot Lodge, In-between you will find laissez-faire capitalism, the 
Irish Labour party, Zizi Lambrino, the Lateran Treaty, the Lausanne conference, 
Colonel T. E. Lawrence, Lebensraum, five references to Lithuania and a number of 
other famous L*s from Lenin to Dr. Robert Ley. That will do for a sample of the 
things and the people that the modern political journalist has to know something 
about, It*s a different job from the old pith-helmeted days of Torpenhow and 
the Nilghai and Dick Heldar of "The Light That Failed" — and it takes different 

John Gunther began his active writing career as an essayist and book reviewer. 
He was born in Chicago, Aug. 30, 1901, the son of Eugene McClellan Gunther and 
Lizetee Sohooninger Gunther. His mother was a school teacher, his father some- 
thing of a wanderer. He has one sister, Jean, who works in the American Embassy 
at Berne, There was, as far as he knows, no particular tradition of writing in 
his family but he read voraciously and wrote at an early age. He grew up in 
Chicago, went to the Lake View High School and later on to the University of 
Chicago, working part of his way through school and college at various odd jobs 
that ranged from working in a chemical laboratory to selling shoes. It was a 
normal American boyhood, in a big, highly American city. The bomber plane had 
not yet been invented, the news from Europe and Asia was still far away. 

Nevertheless, the first two times that John Gunther appeared in print were in- 
dicative of the double literary life that he was going to lead for a good many 
years. In 1917 the Lake View High School magazine, "The Red and White," carried 
a long essay on the Russian Revolution by a sixteen-year-old author named John 
Gunther, Later on, at the University of Chicago, ho submitted another essay for 
the McLaughlin prize in English composition. This one was about a writer named 
James Branch Cabell and, since tho judges weren»t familiar with the works of Mr, 
Cabell, it didn't got the $50 prize. Undaunted, tho collogiate author sent the 
piece to the Bookman, which acoepted it and paid $51 for it. John Gunther still 





chuckles quietly over that one. 

Cabell and the Russian Revolution, Henry Justin Smith, of "The Chicago Daily 
News," and James Weber Linn, of the university's department of English — these 
wore some of the things and men that influenced the undergraduate, Linn thought 
he might have promise as a writer, Smith gave him a job as a campus correspondent 
for "The News." On his own, and with no advice, Gunther made a third job for 
himself. He liked to read and he couldn't buy all the books he wanted. So he 
simply wrote to a selected list of publishers, saying that he was prepared to re- 
view books for "The News." On his own, and with no advice, Gunther made a third 
job for himself. He liked to read and he couldn't buy all the books ho wanted. 
So he simply -wrote to a selected list of publishers,, saying that he was prepared 
to review books for "The News" and "The Daily Maroon." Somewhat to his surprise, 
he got the books. Inspired by this, he hit on the idea of selling a syndicated 
literary column to various newspapers and actually got two subscribers, one in 
Rockford and one in Evanston. So ho discovered a fact invaluable to a writer ~ 
if you want to do things and go places, there is no particular law against it. 

He wanted to go to Europe and he went, on a cattle boat. That was in his senior 
■0) year, when he was about to receive a degree and Phi Beta Kappa. The degree was 

mailed to him later. He came back to Chicago and went to work for the "News." A 
good reporter, if he wanted an assignment he asked for it. Y/hon he was twenty- 
three he wanted to go back to Europe* The "News" couldn't see it that cay, so he 
went anyhow and turned up placidly in their London office. There followed eleven 
years odd of foreign correspondence chiefly for the "News" — Rome, Berlin, Paris, 
Moscow, London, Vienna, the Balkans — a front seat at tho news-reel theater as 
the world began to catch on fire. It was good correspondence, too, but it was 
the day's work. When the day's work was over, Gunther wrote — novels and short 
stories. The novels were published but had no great success. Nevertheless, it 
was Gunther* s firm intention to become a novelist — if not sooner, then later* 

Then around 1930, when he was living in Vienna, he discovered that something was 
happening to him. The actual world around him -•■ the news behind the news under 
the changing skies of Europe — these things were too exciting and too close for 
fiction. His secret writing stopped and he began to write political articles — 
he needed the money, for one thing, but he also wanted to say more than he could 
say in daily newspaper stories. Oswald Garrison Villard popped into Austria and 
wanted occasional articles for the "Nation." "Vanity Fair" proved a market for 
personality sketches of European figures. Once having tasted blood, he wrote for 
every sort of magazine from "Foreign Affairs" to "The Woman's Home Companion." 

They are clear and readable articles, pungent and to the point. Perhaps, because 
of Gunther 's long slaving at fiction, there was a quality in the writing that 
made people talk about them. Publishers began to ask for a book — there had been 
a book in 1930 called "Washington Merry-Go-Round" — well, now, suppose you had a 
book called "European Merry-Go-Round" — or something like that. When Gunther was 
first approached, he said, "No ~ only one man can do that -- H. R. Knickerbocker." 
YiThen Knickerbocker was approached, he said, "Only one man can do that and it's 
Gunther," In 1933, when Gunther was home on leave, his literary agent and 
"Harper's" ganged up on him together, "What would he take to do a book on Europe?" 
"Five thousand dollars advance," he said, thinking that would put it out of the 
question. He also stipulated that it must be a serious book. To his surprise, 
the publishers were not only agreeable but enthusiastic — in fact, Cass Canfield, 
of "Harper's" came up and sat on his bed till he had actually signed the contract* 
Gunther had fought off the idea of doing such a book for three or four years and 
now, every now and then, wakes up with a nightmare -foe ling, thinking. "What if I 
hadn't done it?" 

"Inside Europe" was a good job and came out at precisely the right tine, January, 




1936 e The actual writing took five months and was done mostly at night. Revis- 
ed , expanded and rewritten to keep up with events, it still ranks as an indispen- 
sable guide. "Inside Ai*ia f! appeared in 1939, "Inside Latin America" in 1941 • 
-'Inside Asia," which the author considers, on the whole, his best book, took 
nearly three yeaL'-s of preparation and thirty thousand miles of travel. For 
"Inside Latin America,"' Gunther spent five and a half months on the ground collect- 
ing his materials, In that time had had no Sundays off and not more than six meals 
alone. Every minute of his time was spent in seeing people, asking questions, 
taking notes. That kind of job takes not only groat physical vitality but oven 
temper, good judgment and a mind that can digest and analyze material to seize 
upon the salient fact. 

For years Gunther has kept his own private morgue of clippings. He reads them 
over and reviews them before tackling a new job. In getting his actual material, 
he concentrates upon two points (a) what he wants to know and (b) who is the per- 
son who can tell him. This last takes an instinct for choice which is one of the 
hallmarks of the good reporter. In going to a new country, he is apt to see the 
chief American official who is usually very helpful 8 Then he sees the ruler of 
the country, the chief of police, the foreign minister, the leader or leaders of 
opposition parties, the leading newspaper editors, various political dignitaries, 
professors, theorists, officials, army and navy men, representatives of other 
countries, local business men, American or otherwise, and., very importantly, his 
own newspaper colleagues. Then the floodgates open and xhe telephone never stops 
ringing. Through this exhausting schedule is constant not taking on important 
interviews and, at the same time, the putting down of striking and characteristic 
details — what color the taxis are, how a bootblack shines shoes, what a bar 
check looks like. Y/hen this mass of material is collected and groped under sub- 
jects, the author totters home and starts writing. 

Before the book goes to the publisher there are at least three revisions. In 
recalling his facts, Gunther tries to be both fair minded and thorough. He checks 
and rechecks constantly, for he hatos sloppiness, inaccuracy and exaggeration. Of 
course, there will be differences of opinion and always a few mistakes, but he 
tries to be as accurate as is possible. "Naturally, I should like to spend five 
years on each book, I should like to learn Spanish and Persian and Japanese. But, 
if I wait for all that the scene has changed." He writes not for the absolute 
experts, but for intelligent people who want a good political guidebook. Structure 
interests him very much, and from the first conception of the book he has his 
architecture in mind. "Inside Asia" was planned originally in thirty-four chapters 
~ it worked out within a chapter. Because his work is highly readable, it has 
sometimes been called superficial. But that is one of the handicaps of writing a 
readable book. A good many thousand Americans know more — and quite a lot more 
-- about world events and world figures and tides and currents that sweep through 
contemporary history than they would if John Gunther had written only for the 

Personally, John Gunther is tall, large, blond and amiable. He likes people, and 
people like him. He has traveled all over the world, but there is nothing restless 
about him and he has never joined anything in his life — a political pa^ty, a 
sect, a religion, or even, as he pointed out, Phi Beta Kappa. He has no spo-ts or 
games, Raymond Swing tried to teach him poker once, but got nowhere <, lie loves 
music and the graphic arts and, like Ferdinand the Bull, he likes sitting in the 
sun. He works sixteen hours a day when he is working — and his idea of Nirvana 
would be to sit in the sun, surrounded by pleasant people and good music. A 
comfortable person to be with, he talks as he writes, pointedly, logically and 
following a direct line. He is married and has ono son, John jr. 

Will there be an "Inside America"7 There may be, when, as and if. If so, he says' 
that will be his last Continental book. After that, who knows? The first Mr, 


Gunther — the one who wrote the novels — may come to the fore again, Meanwhile, 
without a trace of pretentiousness on his part, but because he knew how to get 
the stuff and how to write about it so people would road it, he has become one of 
our leading interpreters of contemporary history. The trail that began in Chicago 
has led all the way around the globe. 

Editor's Note: Among this author's books the following are in braille: 

Inside Asia. 6v 
Inside Europe. 5v 
Inside Latin America. 6v 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: An excerpt from The New York Times 

Book Review, by Meyer Berger 

In London a few months ago homesickness surged in upon me and beat me down 
as surely as strong surf might have swept me from my feet and flattened me against 
the sand. I looked back upon the United States as some place staggeringly remote. 
As the days passed I found myself in Foyle's and in other bookshops near Charing 
Cross, eagerly searching out books about home, I thought "They will help me 
re-establish oontact with home and this overwhelming nostalgia will vanish." 

One afternoon I returned from the bookshop with Jules Verne 1 s "Twenty Thousand 
Leagues Under the Sea." I took this up in my bedchamber in the Savoy, where the 
windows were blacked and heavy curtains drawn, and quietly relaxed* With Ned 
Land the Harpooner and with Captain Nemo I sank in the humming Nautilus to the 
ocean bed, as I had thirty years before, and devoured the story as some tortured 
soul might absorb hasheesh or opium. 

By and by the book slipped from my fingers. I turned out the light and stared up 
through the dark. I reflected on Jules Verne's extraordinary prophetic talents. 
The engines and vessels he had conjured up in his stories almost one hundred years 
ago were now part of the general scheme. What had been fantastic when he wrote 
was reality now. On the margin of sleep in London's early morning quiet I checked 
off on my fingers in the dark the Jules Verne dreams that had come true. 

He had devised, with ink and paper, a heavier-than-air ship which travelod through 
the skies around the world. I had orossed the Atlantic in such a ship, from 
Baltimore to the south coast of England, in less than twenty-four hours. Sometime 
in my flight I had soared miles above skulking U-boats - packs of them - much like 
Captain Nemo's Nautilus, pushing their way through ocean depth. Radio, television, 
were commonplace in my world, though they had been only Verneian fancies in my own 
childhood. Ho had written of dirigibles, and I recallod my flight la a Navy blimp 
high over my native city of New York and over New Jersey. Ho had written of guns 
with twenty-mile range, and I had fought in a war in his native France, where the 
German Big Berthas had sent screaming shells twenty-five and thirty miles. Some- 
where in this finger-check in the dark I fell asleep and thought no more about 
Jules Verne • 


A Guide to Braille and Talking Book Publications 

r olume 12 December, 1943 Number 11 

Published Monthly, Except August, in Braille and in Mimeographed Form 

by the 
.American Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 
15 West 16 Street 
New York 11, N.Y. 

Braille Edition Provided by the U. S. Government 
Through the Library of Congress 
Printed at the -American Printing House for the Blind 

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American Foundation for the Blind, Inc. 
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Book Announcements 

Press-made Braille Books 
Talking Books 
Hand-copied Books 
Bertha Damon. From the Wilson Library 
Bulletin, October, 1943 




Book Announcements 
Press-made Braille Books 

All press-made books here noted are provided by the Federal government. Copies of 

these government-supplied books are placed in the twenty-seven regional libraries 

which serve the blind. A list of these libraries appears regularly in the January 

and June numbers of this magazine. 

Readers are required to borrow books from the library designated by the Library of 

Congress to serve their respective territories. 

In the lists which follow, the first book notation in every instance should be credit* 

ed to the Book Review Digest unless another source is given. 

Aldanov, Mark, pseudonym. (Mark A. Landau) The fifth seal; translated by Nicholas 
Wreden. 5v 1943 APH 

"Long novel of Paris a few years ago, during the time of the Spanish Civil War 
and the Moscow trials. The characters for the most part are old men--broken, 
defeated, disillusioned, poor, hunted. The only two young people are a congenit- 
al syphilitic with anarchistic leanings who commits a double murder for 1,500 
francs and a young Russian girl for whom the author contrives a fate worse than 
death; i.e. she becomes a writer." N.Y. Times 

Austin, A.B. We landed at dawn; the story of the Dieppe raid. 2v 1943 BIA 

Account of the training of the British commandos, culminating in the raid on 
Dieppe on August 19, 1942, The author is a London war correspondent who trained 
beforehand with the troops, and accompanied them on the raid. 

Colver, Anne. Mr. Lincoln's wife. 4v 1943 HMP 

A fictionized biography of Mary Todd Lincoln from courtship days in Sprinfield 
to the sad aftermath of the Civil War and Lincoln's doath. it thoughtful 
character study and a thoroughly satisfying novel. 

Combined ' porations j the official story of the Commandos; with a foreword by Vice- 
Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, Chief of Combined Operations. 2v 1943 CPH 
See review in this issue. 

"Brief books seem to be the order of the day, and it is an excellent thing. This 
one has only 155 pages, but packed in it are more excitement and adventure than 
could be found in a Sabatini trilogy," New York Herald Tribune 

De Voto, Bernard. The year of decision - 1846. 8v 1942 APH 

It is a challenging theory, eloquently stated. But, if history is mado by men, 
as De Voto affirms, tho War between the States might have been avoided at some 
time between 1846 and 1861 had the men of that period been wiser or more for- 
bearing. To say this is not to say that Bernard De Voto has not written a fine 
book. He has. His outstanding achievement is to bring alive scores of Americans, 
powerful and humble, pious and irreverent, stupid and farsighted; and to weave 
together the story of their doings in 1846 into a single coherent pattern. He 
has, at the same time, avoided the pitfall of a too logical reconstruction. And 
ho has mado abundantly clear that the genius of America stems from contact be- 
tween American men and women and the sril on which their feet aro set. 

Haedrich, Marcel, pseudonym. Barrack 3, room 12; translated from tho French; with a 
foreword by Kathcrine Woods. 2v 1943 APH 

Portrays tho reactions of a collection of French officers and men, captured by 
the Germans and confined in a dreary prison camp for several months. After a 
meticulous account of the lives of the men confined in room 12, the author es- 
caped and wont back to France, boaring messages to the families of his former 
fellow prisoners. 



Hindus, Maurice. Mother Russia. 6v 1942 CPH 

"Maurice Hindus is one of the few writers on the Soviet Union who for many years 
has understood the new national development of Russia; perhaps one reason is that 
Hindus makes no pretense of understanding or even studying the fine parts of 
Marxian dogma. Another is perhaps, as he points out in the preface to Mother 
Russia, his consistent refusal to base his opinions about Russia on interviews with 
leading political figures. He has tried to talk to ordinary people and by and large 
has succeeded very well. Thanks to repeated visits to Russia during the last two 
decades, he has a lar ( e circle of acquaintances, many of whom he saw while in 
Russia as a war correspondent for The New York Herald Tribune in 1942-43. This 
trip, and the conversations with those individuals, form the basis for "Mother 
Russia." N. Y. Times 

Kelland, Clarence. Archibald the Great. 3v 1942 APH 

Gay mixture of Hollywood, a big ranch in Arizona, a bunch of Hollywood people on 
location, a pompous little authority on Napoleon, his mysterious secretary, tw; 
beautiful young women, and a determined widow. Most of the action takes place 
in Arizona where Hollywood tangles with gangsters operating in stolen tires. It's 
written in Kelland 1 s typical wise-cracking, snappy dialogue style. There are many 
noble passages too but I am sure you will still enjoy this immensely. 

Laws on, Ted W. Thirty seconds over Tokyo; edited by Robert Considine. 2v 1943 BIA 
Personal narrative of one of the pilots who bombed Tokyo on the Doolittle raid. 
Covers in addition to the story of the raid itself, an account of the preliminary 
training and of the aftermath. 

What a tale it isi For pure adventure and high excitement this story ranks right 
at the top of the war books . 

Lewis, Sinclair. Gideon Planish. 4v 1943 APH 

"Story of oratorical charlatan, with dreams of swaying the masses, who marries an 
extravagant girl, who intends to gain success at any cost; of their friends, who 
are mostly means toward that deceptive goal; and the power of words. Gideon be- 
comes many things--professor, dean, lecturer, editor, organizator— through ambition 
and financial necessity, his wife ever pressing both inducements." Library Journal 

Lippmann, Walter. U.S. foreign policy; shield of the Republic, lv 1943 APH 

Criticism of American foreign policy of the last forty years. The author's thesis 
is that during the nineteenth century we had a consistent, policy, but that with 
the acquisition of "commitments outside continental United States"— notably in the 
Philippines— we failed to form a policy which would balance these commitmeits with 
power to carry them out. 

This book has a particular purpose. Its job is to tell Americans what they ought 
to have known for a long time. It is a little fcook— 177 pages— bulging with big 
ideas. Many of its chapters are short enough to read twice, and ought to be read 
three times. Christian Science Monitor 

Mailland, Pierre. France; foreword by D.W. Brogan. 3v NIB Braille panda #69 
(Not a publication of the U.S. Government) 

From 1914 to 1918 Franco withstood the shock of war; why did she fail to do so in 
1940? The author deals with this question in the light of French history past and 
present, and emphasizes the necessity of Anglo-French co-operation in the future. 
He paints the background of the collapse in terms not of backstairs scandal, but of 
realities. This is real history. 

Massock, Richard Gilbert. Italy from within. 4v 1943 BIA 

The author was for four years, 1938 to 1941, chief of the Rome bureau of the 
Associated Press. When Italy's declaration of war came he was interned, and did not 
get back to America until the summer of 1942. The book covers the period of the 
rise and fall of Mussolini. It is the author's belief that Fascism is a failure, 
and tho people of Britain and America should help the Italians to readjust them- 

"Mr. Massock is one of the ablest men th« Associated Presa has ever sent abroad, 
and he has made a conscientious effort to combine William Shirer's diary-like 
immediacy with John Gunther's encyclopedic marshaling of pertinent detail. As a 
result "Ita3yr from Within" justifies its title. It is the most revealing and 


convincing picture of the Italian nation at war which we have yet had. New 
York Herald-Tribune 

Mencken, H.Lw Heathen days, 1890-1936. 3v 1943 BIA 

Humorous sketches picked at random out of the author* s experiences, ranging in 
time from 1890 to 1936. 

These yearnings and reminiscences are spun out with the old Mencken gusto, 
flashes of scholarship and free use of belly-thumping similies. It's a grand 
book to read alone if the family can tolerate your chuckles. It's oven a 
grander book to read aloud. 

New York handy guide, lv 1943 ARC 

This little book contains complete information for a visitor to New York and 
would also prove interesting and educational to those who have never visited 
this city. It lists theatres, museums, hospitals, churches, memorials, bridges, 
buildings, hotels, parks, radio stations, movie houses, and gives descriptions 
of various points of interest. Price 75/. Order from: Service for the Blind, 
139 East 36th Street, New York City. 

Washburn, F. L. The rabbit book; a practical manual on the care of Belgian Hares, 
Flemish Grants, and other meat and fur producing rabbits; revised edition, 
lv 1933 APH 

Talking Books 
(These books are provided by the U. S. Government) 

Andersen, Hans Christian. Stories; translated by Paul Leyssac. 20r Read by Paul 
Leys sac and Eva LeGallienno AFB 

Contents: It's perfectly-y^ue. The little match girl. The princess on the pea. 
The old house. The butterfly, The little mermaid. She ugly duckling. The 
steadfast tin soldier. The shepherdess and the chimney-sweep. The tinder box. 
The happy family. The red shoes. The emperor's new clofhes. The story of a 
mother. The jumpers. The darning needle. The nightingale. The snow queen. 
The snow man. The shadow, Thumbelina, Little Claus and big Claus, The wild 
swans. Numskull Jack. The fir tree. The top and the ball. The swineherd. 
The shirt collar. Thousands of years from now. 
Bible: Old Testament. King James version. Joshua. 4r; Judges 4r Read by .-tlwyn 

Bach AFB 
Clemens, Samuel L. Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's oourt. 2pts 24r Read by 
Burt Blackwell APH 

First published 1889. "Burlesque of the historical romance. A Yankee of the 
aost arrant modern type is plumped down in the middle of King Arthur's England. 
The serious purpose, which is not c-fctruded, is to strip off the glamour and 
tinsel of chivalry and show the evils that actually underlay it." Standard 
Dickens, Monica. Jne pair of feet. 16r 1942 Read by Brenda Forbes AFB 

Miss Dickens, who several years ago wrote a book about being a cook-general, 
here tells the story of her experiences as a probationary in an English hospital. 
"Miss Dickens's cheerful book may do much to stimulate reform of the nursing 
profession, the more so that she is tart but not spiteful. It is a mark of 
Miss Dickens's talent that her portraits give theimpression of photographs of 
real people; and her self-portrait is as sharp and unaffected as the rest." 
New Statesman and Nation. 
Eckstein, Gustave. Canary. 9r 1936 Read by Alwyn Bach AFB 

"This is one of those utterly delightful books that sometime come from men 
whose trained scientific eyes have the aid of gifted pens. As m*n y different 
personalities as if they had boen human beings Gustav Eckstein found in his 
community of canaries and he writes of those personalities as fascinatingly as 
novelists write of heroes and heroines and their compulsions." Chicago Daily 




Eckstein, Gustave. In peace Japan breeds war. 16r 1943 Read by Jean Closs AJFH 
"Dr. Eckstein visited Japan twice when engaged on a brotherly task, his 
biography of Noguchi, the bacteriologist. This b>>;k is a reconsideration of the 
Japanese character, done since Pearl Harbor. The method he adopts to give 
readers his second thoughts is a series of first-hand sketches of his observations 
while living with Japanese families, interspersed with a larger number of 
sketches of some Japanose personages." Saturday Review of Literature, 

Forester, Cecil Scott. The gun. 12r Read by Lauron Gilbert AFB 

"The Gun" and "Rifleman Dodd" are two short novels of the Peninsular war. In the 
first an English soldier is cut off from his fellows and for several weeks wages 
minor warfare on his own against the French. In the second a huge field artillery 
piece is the protagonist. Abandoned by the French it is taken over by guerillas 
who make it the nucleus of their fighting force. 

"Rifleman Dodd" was first published in England in 1932 under the title: Death to 
the French. "The Gun" was published in the United States in 1933. 

Forester, Cecil Scott. Rifleman Dodd. llr Read by Lauren Gilbert AFB 
See note under entry above, 

Gogol, Nikolai V. Chichikov's journeys; translated by Bernard Guilbert Guerney. 
2pts 36r Read by Alexander Scourby AFB 
Published in Russia in 1842 under title: "Dead Souls." 

A tale of the old days of serfdom, when the peasants were registered and counted 
as' souls' and those who died between the registrations were denominated 'dead 
souls*. An adventurer buys up a large number of these at nominal prices, and 
then raises money on the certificates. This farcial proceeding gives opportunity 
for humorous and often bitterly satirical pictures of the Russian landowning 
class." Standard Catalog 

Henriques, R. D. Q. The voice of the trumpet. 9r 1943 Read by Alexander ScourbyAFB 
A group of Englishmen on a commando raid on the Norwegian coast are caught at 
the last moment by the Germans. In a last long moment of consciousness the 
captain, and, to a lesser extent, his men, review their past lives. The bock is 
a mixture of prose and poetry. 

Knight, Eric. Lassie come home. 12r 1940 Read by John Brewster AFB 

Story of a prize collie belonging to a Yorkshire boy froin an humble home. Wh^n 
the family went on the dole, Lassie was sold to a wealthy man and taken hundreds 
of miles away to Scotland. But Lassie had still kept her loyalty to a boy in 
England. She escaped from the kennels in Scotland and after gruelling hardships, 
made her way back to her first home. 

Mason, A. E. W. Musk and amber. 17r 1942 Read by John Brewster AFB 

A romantic novel of England and Italy in the early eighteenth century. A twelve- 
year old boy, Julian, Earl of Linchcombe, with his older half-sister and their 
OQUsin, is traveling in Italy when he is kidnapped and another boy is buried in 
his name. Years pass, Julian is sent to a school for singers, becomes famous not 
only in Italy but thruout Europe and finally returns to England for revenge . 

Maurois, Andrd. The thought-reading machine* translated by James Whitall. 8r 1938 
Read by John Brewster AFB 

An English professor of physics in a midwestern American college invents a 
machine to record human thoughts. As his first victim he chooses a neighbor, the 
visiting professor of French. It is this French professor who tells the story, 
combining an account of the exploitation of the machine with the story of his 
own marital difficulties. Comments on the contrasts between French and American 
life, and philosophical observations on life in general, (in container with 
"Robber Bridegroom," by Eudora Welty) 

Maurois, Andre". A time for silence. 8r 1942 Read by Horace Braham AFB 

This is the first English translation of an early novel which had considerable 
popularity in France. It concerns the reasons for silence about the past in a 
certain bourgeois family living Periogord, a family consisting of Gaston Romilly, 
his wife, Valentine, and Valentine's daughter Colette, (in container with "The 
Ugly Dachshund") 


Morley, Christopher. Where the blue begins. 8r 1922 Read by Christopher Morley. AFB 
A- whimsical satire on modern customs of living in America, The hero is a dog, 
Mr. Gissing, who lives in a suburb known as the Canine Estates, and keeps a 
Japanese poodle as a servant. He is in turn a floor walker in a department 
store, a lay preacher, and an able seaman, always with the underlying hope that 
he will some day discover where the blue of the sky begins, (in container with 
Voltaire's Candide) 
Morton, H.C.V. Atlantic meeting. 8r 1943 Read by Hugh Sutton AFH 

One of the few journalists who accompanied Winston Chncohill to the Atlantic 
meetings, gives an account of that history-making event as it appeared to him, 
from the day he was summoned from his home by Brendan Bracken and told of a 
secret mission, to the roturn to England, 
Reynolds, Quentin, Dress rehearsal; the story of Dieppe, llr 1943 Read by Alexander 
Scour by AFB 

An eye-witness account of the raid on Dieppe, written by an American correspond- 
ent, who went with the commandos on a British battle ship* It is a combination 
I of personal anecdotes, most of them amusing, and straight narrative of this dress 
rehearsal for the invasion of a continent. 
Russell, Bertrand, Freedom versus organisation. 2pts 35r 1934 Read by the author 
tk and John Knight AFB 

™ Mr. Russell writes in part one of Napoleon f s successors and the aftermath of the 
Congress of Vienna; in part two, first, of the philosophical radicals: Mathus, 
Mill, and the Bethamites, and, second, of Socialism; in part three he deals with 
Democracy and Plutocracy in America; and, in part four, with Nationalism and 
Imperialism in the years preceding the Great wtr, Thruout the work are to be 
found many illuminatic^ sketches of men who influenced trends of thought and 
Sandburg, Carl* Storm over the land, 2pts 24r 1942 Read *by John Knight AFB 

The story of the American Civil war "carved mainly from the pages of the four- 
volume book Abraham Lincoln: The War Years. The author has written some 
sections of the larger work for service herein, on occasion adding new text. 
|fc "A swift and straightforward story which, while it lacks the magnificence of the 
^^ original volumes, has dispensed with their formidable length and occasional 

f turgidness." Margaret Leach in The Nation 

Stendhal, pseudonym (Marie Henri Beyle). The red and the black; translated by C.K. 

• Scott Moncrieff . 2pts 38r 18311 Read by Alexander Scourby AFB 
"Stendhal's masterpiece is a chronicle of the period in French history following 
the downfall of Napoleon. So enthusiastic are the admirers of this book in 
France that there exists a cult of the 'Rougists T who make it a point to know 
the whole book by heart* Taine confessedto having read this book between thirty 
and forty times. Stendhal's writings show keen psychological insight into 
character, and his style is very lucid and direct." Bookman's Manual 

Stern, G. B. The ugly dachshund. 6r 1938 Read by John Brewster AFB 

A story in which the main characters are dogs, Tono, growing up with a family cf 
dachshunds is almost heartbroken because he is not treated as the others ai«e» 
A smart visiting griffon watches the spectacle with amusement, awaiting the de- 
nouement when Tono finally discovers that he is not a dachshund, but a great Dane, 
(In container with "A Time for Silence") 

Tolstoi, Leo Nikolaievich. War and peace; translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude 

Read by Alexander Scourby; foreword, by Clifton Fadiman, read by Fadiman. 8pts 
119r 1942 AFB 

A panorama of Russian affairs, public and private at the time of the Napoleonic 
wars. A multitude of characters are presented, officers and men, fcoth French 
and Russian, the hostile emperors and their suites, gentry living quietly in 
Moscow or on their estates, great people of fashion, serfs, and all intermediate 
classes . 

May Lamberton Becker says of this bookj "Every month, every day since Hitler 
invaded Russia heightens the world's interest in this book about Napoleon's 
fatal Russian campaign. Of course the sharpest reason for the book's renewed 




popularity is the magnificent Russian counter-attack. One of the supreme books 
of the world, in technical construction, in description, in psychology and in 
interaction between individual lives and stupendous events, "War and Peace" is 
the integration of all these factors into one living inseparable whole," 

Turgenev, Ivan S. Fathers and sons; translated by Constance Garnett. 15r Read by 
Alexander Scour by AFB 

The book is a description of the tendencies of Young Russia in the sixties, ex- 
pressed through the hero Bazarov. These tendencies have since become widaly 
known by the name of nihilism. 

"The theme of this novel is the frequent conflict between the older and the 
younger generation, which the author has rendered particularly touching by his 
representation of the confused efforts of the father to understand his son's new 
ideas, and the young man's efforts to convert his father." Standard Catalog. 

Voltaire, J.F.M.A. Candide; or Optimism. 6r Read by Alexander Scourby AFB 

This is the author's most important novel. Published in 1759, it is an attack 
on the philosophy of Leibnitz, wh^h was summed up in the thought that "whatever 
is, is right," and "all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds." 
Voltaire's writings are diverse in form, including epic, lyric, and dramatic 
poetry, novels, philosophical essays, criticisms, and historical narrative. His 
writings set forth his belief in "natural religion." 

Welty, Eudora. Robber bridegroom. 7r 1942 Read by Kermit Murdock AFB 

Combination of fairy tale and ballad story about a bandit chief and Rosamond, the 
beautiful daughter of a Mississippi planter. Among the characters is one named 
simply Goat, because he could butt his way into and out of anything. There is 
Mike Fink, to 3, the Paul Bunyan of the rivermen* and there are Little Harp and 
Big Harp, a weird pair of brothers, (in container with "Thought-reading Machine" 
by Andre Maurois ) 

White, E.B. One man's meat. 19r 1942 Read by John Knight AFB 

Forty-five thoughtful, witty essays, on a variety of themes, in which the author's 
memories of his life in New York blend perfectly with the everyday life on his 
salt water farm in Maine. Many of the articles have appeared in Harper's or the 
New Yorker. 

Woolf, Virginia. Between the acts. lOr 1941 Read by John Brewster AFB 

The action takes place on a summer day, and the characters are the members of an 
English county family, their ^0^*"tR and the villagers who are giving a pageant. 
The scene is made manifest thru the thoughts and inner compulsions of the family. 
As the day wears on we see the family at luncheon? visitors are shown over the 
ancient house; people gather for the pageant; the pageant takes place— its lines 
given in italics; tea is served; the pageant ends; night falls and the family 
drift off, each to his or her preoccupations. 

"Virginia Woolf 's last novel, written whon her nerves were apparently all shot to 
pieces, is weak and inconsequential and in itself worth reading only by these 
who wish to complete their knowledge of her work or to study her as an attractive 
minor figure in the literary world in which she moved." Current History 

Ybarra, T.R. The passionate warrior, Simon Bolivar. I7r 1942 Read by Alwyn Bach AFB 
Reprint of a book first published in 1929, with the addition of a new foreword. 
Deals with the years 1810 to 1830, the last half of Bolivar's life. 




Hand-copied Books 

(A partial list of recent additions. Our information is not complete in regard to the 
looation of hand-copied books. Unless otherwise noted, these books are in grade 1-g-) 

Barry, Philip. The Philadelphia story; a play. 3v LC 

Burgess Perry. Who walk alone. 5v 1940 NYPL 

"The narrative of this graphic human document is told with amazing sincerity and 

restraint. It is a true story of gallantry, suffering, triumph, victory of the 

spirit. It is inspiring, it is beautiful." Boston Transcript 

"The story is one of heroic courage under peculiarly tragic conditions. It has 

real interest for the general reader and will help to dispel some of the mystery 

and horror associated with leprosy." 

"Written in the first person and based on facts, this book tells the story of an 

American ex-soldier who finds, nine years after his return from the Philippines, 

that he has leprosy." 

Christie, Agatha. Murder of Roger Ackroyd. 5v 1926 NYPL 
Detective story 

Coyle, David. America, lv 1941 NYPL 

Damon, Bertha. Grandma called it carnal. 4v Detroit, Sacramento, Cincinnati, 
Cleveland, Columbus, NLB, Indianapolis, NYPL, Albany 

The story of the author's New England grandmother, Grandma Griswold, who fought 
the twentieth century and all its innovations single-handed— and won. 
This book might be classified as a combination of autobiography, biography, and 
philosophy, written in a charming essay style with a delicately humorous twist. 
It is a thoroughly delightful story. 

First aid text-book, prepared by the American Red Cross for the instruction of first 
aid classes. 3v 1937 NYPL 

Flexner, Marion W. Drina; England's young Victoria 5v NLB, Chicago 

Husted, Helen McLanahan. Timothy Taylor, ambassador of goodwill; the story of an 
English boy. lv 1941 NYPL 

Written in colloquial verso, the flow is so easy that reading aloud is imperative 
and stopping midway impossible. I was involuntarily set against it beforehand, 
as an obvious follow-up of the success of "The White Cliffs," but on its own 
merits it won me over, I have read the book aloud to a young English guest and 
to my own compatriots; none of us found a false note. 

Kennedy, Margaret. Where stands a winged sentry. 3v 1941 NYPL 

Journal kept by the English author of "The Constant Nymph," from May 1940 to 
September of the same year. In it she recorded her way of life, her thoughts and 
anxieties, and the activities of those around her in those months of England's 
awakening to her peril. With her three children and the daughter of a friend 
the author went to stay in a Welsh village, while her London house was being used 
as a warden's post, and her husband was acting as one of London's air raid wardens 
The diary closes with the beginning of the September storms, and the hope of a 
let-up in the raids. 

The author of "The Constant Nymph" always wondered what it felt like to live 
through "history." She is doing that now, and telling about it with the honesty 
of experienced fear, and bewildered anxiety. Everyday people move, talk, joke 
and sometimes pray, in the pages of this journal-extraot, as naturally as human 
beings can. 

Kieran, John. John Kier&n's nature notes, lv LC Cleveland 

Levine, Milton I. The wonder of life; how we are born and how we grow up. lv 1940 

Lieferant, Henry and Sylvia. One enduring purpose. 4v Detroit NYPL 

Story of two brothers who in time fulfill their father's dreams for them by be- 
coming doctors. One sets up a practice in New York, marries a wealthy girl, and 
puts his faith in scientific method; the other returns to his home town, married 
there, and comes to a realization of the need f r something beyond seienoe. Fapdly 
tragedies and r>ear tragedies bring the brothers clos&r as they grow older* 





MacDonald, Rose. Nelly Custis; daughter of Mount Vernon. 2v LC 

Mel one, Ted. The American album of poetry. 8t Philadelphia 

Masters, David. When ships go down; more wonders of salvage. 6v LC 

Niles, Blair. East by day. 7v Cincinnati, Cleveland 

The author has gone into the records of a celebrated court fight of 1839-40, 
arising from the case of a mutinous crew of Cuban slaves captured off Long Island 
and made of it a novel. The heroine, along with moBt of the abolitionist New 
England public of the time, made her sympathies manifest--only to discover that 
her adored grandpa had made his money as a slaver captain* 

O'Faolain, Eileen. The little black hem. lv 1940 NYPL, Cincinnati 
An Irish fairy story. 

Plowright, B.C. Rebel religion; Christ, community, and church; introduction by John 
MacMurray. 4v 1937 NLB 

The thesis of this book is that the purpose of communism are the purposes of true 
Christianity, that Christians must recognize these purposes and make Christianity 
once more a rebel religion, even while they reject the communist methods and 
atheist philosophy. The author is minister of Queen's Park Congregational Church 
in London. 

The Queen's Book of the Red Cross, with a message from her ilajesty the Queen and 

contributions by fifty British author' a and artists, in aid of the Lord Mayor of 
London's fund for the Red Cross and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. LC 

Stern, G.B. A lion in the garden. 5v NYPL 

This work in the author's lighter vein concerns "the uneventful fortunes of a 
little caretaker who once met a lion face to face." Library Journal 
A gentle comedy, sometimes confused by the many minor characters, and very English 
in its leisurely pace, but diverting in its characterizations of the servants and 
their employers. 

Thompson, Dorothy. Refugees; anarchy or organization? 2v JBL 

Turnbull, Agnes Sligh. Dear mes Leaves from the diary of Agnes Sligh Turnbull. 3v 
Cleveland, NLB 

Weatherhead, Leslie D. and Greaves, Marion. The mastery of sex through psychology 
and religion. 5v 1932 NLB 

A book on sex and marriage written "for those for whom sex is a rather frighten- 
ing mystery, or a definite personal problem, or both." Mr. Weatherhead writes 
both as a minister and a psychologist. 

Wentworth, Patricia. Week-end of death. 5v Cleveland Fiction 

Bertha Damon 
From Wilson Library Bulletin, October, 1943 

Bertha Damon was born in a small town in Connecticut, and %aces her ancestors to 
no less than seven passengers of the Mayflower. At a very early age, she, with her 
sister Alice - her brother had died in infancy - was left an orphan. She was taken 
shortly to the small town of North Stonefield, Connecticut, to be cared for by Grandma 
Griswold and Aunt Martha. To live with Grandma was "not easy," for Grandma was a 
woman of tremendous mental and spiritual independence; "always to be grasping for more 
and more things and missing more and more values," said G ra ndma, "was no way for 
immortal souls to behave," 

Young Bertha was sent to Middle District School where she stayed out an endless 
year "in an almost unbroken state of terror." The unbelievable severity of one of Miss 
Cobbis classroom disciplines hastened young Bertha's "parole", and for six years follow* 
ing she was kept at home with Grandma, where the reading matter was predominantly 
Thoreau, with the "Farmer's Almanac" and the Stonefield "Guardian" for lighter snatches 

When she was about twelve she was entered at the South Distriot School where "in 
all such nonessentials as quoting from Whittier's 'Snowbound 1 or hazarding a guess at 
what happened in 1066" she and her sister ivlice could hold up our heads with anybody. 
But on history, mathematics, and physics she herself, at least, was leas eager to moke 








the effort. 

After all this came boarding school and' finally Pembroke, from which sh& was 
graduated (Ph.D.) in 1905. Then followed a teaching post at Lincoln School in 
Providence. Her first husband was the well-known authority on Iranian art, Arthur 
Upham Pope. She was married a second time to Lindsay Todd Damon, in Berkeley, 
California, on March 10, 1928. About half her life, in fact, has been spent on the 
West Coast, in the San Francisco Bay region. The New Hampshire farm that has been the 
home of the Damons for the past fourteen years - and the spot where she acquired her 
"sense of humus" - runs to 250 acres, more or less, and commands an excellent view of 
Lake Winnepesaukee. It is, of course, the background of her second book, the writing 
of which was almost inevitable - for "Grandma Called it Carnal," written during a 
long recovery from a serious illness was, not too long ago, a best seller, as a 
lecturer she enjoys the distinction of being the first woman ever invited to speak 
before, the Harvard Club of Boston. 










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